Shape Thesaurus Entry: Wavy
Calla lily flowers
Tidal Mega ripples
Sweet pea petals
Grass and sinuous leaves in the breeze
Ridges of the brain
Muscles against skin
Flags in the wind
Swimming pool reflection
Multi-flavored ice cream (neapolitan, butterscotch ripple, etc)
Log cabin walls
Hair & perms
Lines on a map
Unravelled rope, string or twine
Ruffled, curled, ripple, sinuous, snaky, squiggly, fluid, undulating, billowy
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:
As Anna danced, her silken movements flexed and curved like corrugated metal.
What's wrong with this example?
While corrugated metal is wavy in nature, it is also set in that state. Any attempt at movement would be stiff, not silken or fluid. As well, not everyone would be familiar with this type of wave and it interferes with their ability to 'see' the image being conveyed.
A strong example:
As Anna danced, her silken movements were as fluid as sweet grass kissed by a passing breeze.
Why does this work?
This comparision lines up better tp convey the image and is within the scope of experience of most readers so they will connect to it.
Posted by Angela Ackerman