Shape Thesaurus Entry: Heart
Posted by Angela Ackerman
Bleeding Heart blooms
Galešnjak, a heart-shaped island in Croatia
Barn owl's face
Lime tree leaf
Carved tree hearts
Card suit: Hearts
Describing a shape is best done in as few words as possible. Think of the shape as a camera snap shot--you want to capture the gist of what you mean as soon as possible so you can get on with other related (and more important) detail, and the action happening in the scene
A weak example:
Lola's bright green eyes and flawless ivory completion suited her chicken breast-shaped face and drew attention wherever we went.
What's wrong with this example?
Nothing says pretty like a jiggly raw chicken breast! C-l-a-s-s-i-c bad comparison here.
A strong example:
Lola's bright green eyes and flawless ivory completion suited her heart-shaped face and drew attention wherever we went.
Why does this work?
I chose this one on purpose to illustrate that sometimes you will run into a circumstance where the best description means using using the actual shape. Had I been describing her lips, a pair of earrings, the way Lola held her hands together, thumbs across knuckles, I could have used something as a comparison. But with her face, there's really nothing on the list that would work. I should also add that 'heart-shaped' skirts overused territory, so consider carefully when using it.