Texture Thesaurus Entry: Smooth
Posted by Angela Ackerman
Skin of an apple/eggplant/watermelon
Grapes, cherries, plums
A grain of wheat
Freshly shaved skin
Gold wedding band
Top of a drum
Cardboard (cereal box, pizza box, etc)
Dry nail polish
Dry paint, varnish
Polished Marble/alabaster, Granite
Hard Boiled egg
Polished, flowing, sleek, flat, flush, lustrous, refined
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:
Uncle Cletis fired off a gap-toothed grin as he ran his hand over the bib of his secondhand overalls. "See, all broke in and smooth as a shark's fin to boot!"
What's wrong with this example?
No offense to dear Uncle Cletis and his charming country twang, but I'm thinking he's probably never seen, smelled or touched a shark's fin in his life. Comparing texture should ALWAYS be in the context of the characters and their experience.
A strong example:
Uncle Cletis fired off a gap-toothed grin as he ran his hand over the bib of his secondhand overalls. "See, all broke in and smooth as a sack of oats to boot!"
Why does this example work?
This comparison is more attuned to a life on the farm, which we can reasonably assume from his overalls and dialect.