CTS Entry: Fuzzy


Rabbits
Kittens
Puppies
Llamas
Hamsters
Ducklings
A horse's winter coat
Fur
Kiwi fruit
Peaches
Sideburns
Beard
Mustache
Wool
Caterpillars
Bumblebees
Licorice plant
Dusty miller
Lamb's ear
Silver sage
Wormwood
Mold
Moss
Cheeks
Upper lip
Nape of neck
Newborn's hair


Man-made:

Stuffed animals
Blankets
Sweaters
Mittens
Hats
Scarves
Velour
Pom-poms
Dashboard dice
Rabbit's foot
Polar fleece
Carpet
Towels
Robes
Slippers
Socks
Tennis balls
Dog/cat beds
Troll dolls
Army hair cut
Throw pillows

Synonyms: downy, frizzy, furry, hairy, pilate, wooly, velutinous, fluffy

Describing texture in a story creates intimacy between reader and character, and can even cause an emotional trigger for both. To anchor the reader in the scene, make sure comparisons and contrasts are clear and relatable, and within the scope of the narrator's life knowledge and experience.

A weaker example:

"Nice hair," Beth said, then pinched her lips together to hold back a grin. Mike's new goth dye job made his head look like a cheerleader's pom pom that had been struck by lightning--crispy black and sticking up in all directions.

What's wrong with this example?

This description is okay, creating a strong visual, but the best way to convey a texture is through touch.

A stronger example:

I opened the door to say goodnight to Drew, but he had already fallen asleep. Moonlight spilling through the blinds bathed his face and on impulse, I crept up to his bed and gently touched his cheek. The velvety feel brought on the prickle of tears--at his age, Drew could barely be called a boy. Soon the soft fuzz would stiffen into bristles needing to be shaved, and he would need me less and less as his independence carried him to manhood.

Why does this example work?

A bond is created between character and reader when the tactile contact triggers a strong emotion from the texture. The result is a shared, meaningful experience.

11 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Oooh, fuzzy! It's like the warm fuzies they give to Kindergartners!

C.R. Evers said...

awwww! cute picture!

spamwarrior said...

Good post. I do feel that the second example is stronger than the first, because you can actually imagine that you feel the fuzz, whereas in the first example you're merely looking at it. Visual, not tactile.

Keri Mikulski said...

Always using this word.

Thanks! :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Such a great post and explained so well. Thank you! And that kitten. . . Awww!!!

Bish Denham said...

Warm fuzzies to you Angela!

Angela said...

Glad it helps, everyone! I LOVE Fuzzy new kittens!!

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

Like Sasha when she was a tiny baby.

I wish I'd spent more time with her when she was such a wee little one.

Danyelle said...

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Adorable little kitten-creature!

Great list. :D

*gazes at cute kitty*

Vivian said...

Awww. Sweet picture.

T. Anne said...

That pic made my day.

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