CTS Entry: Sticky
Posted by Angela Ackerman
Snail or slug goo
Venus fly traps
Rice Krispy Squares
Hair wax or gel
Dried juice or pop spills
Old candies or lollipops
Sweaty or wet clothing
Cooked rice or noodles
Gummy, viscid, gluey, viscous, gooey, adhesive, tacky, viscid, clingy
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 weak example:
As I walked down the dark hall of Aunt Emma's trailer, the gungy, gritty floor clung to my shoes like a tacky coat of paint.
What's wrong with this example?
There's a mixed image going on here--a gungy, gritty floor (dirty) and new paint (clean, a freshened up look). Make sure your comparison is an accurate match for what you are trying to show.
A strong example:
As I walked down the dark hall of Aunt Emma's trailer, the gungy, gritty floor clung to my shoes like used fly paper.
Why does this example work?
Here, the images go together--a gluey paper strip studded with dead bugs is a perfect match for a disgusting, unswept floor.