The Difficulty of Describing Texture
Describing texture is a problem for both established and new writers, who often forget to write with senses other than sight. In reality, writers should use every sense.
Here are 400 words to help you find the right word for the texture you're trying to describe.
Texture and Soul
Not the texture of wood
Nor the texture of steel,
But the texture of you
Is what makes your soul real
Covered in dust
Covered with hair
Dry as a Bone
Flat as a Pancake
Smooth as glass
Why It's Important to Use Texture Descriptors
Words to describe texture are very important. Though television and the web might have raised the prominence of visual media, the value of touch remains very significant.
A setting can permeate our senses if we just let it. Thank goodness for vision and sound, yet why is it so hard to think of words to describe texture?
- Texture: The quality we know as texture, a sensory perception, is a reflex action to receptor stimulation. Though it is almost intuitive, your work feels flat without it. Get the right word, and you will almost magically convey the sensation to your reader.
- Touch: Touch, also known as mechanoreception, is an awareness caused by the stimulation of receptors found on the surface of the skin, tongue, and throat. Assortments of receptors react to differences in pressure (steady, sweeping, continuous, etc.) and are spontaneous (unlike finding the right word to describe something).
A Warning About Adjectives
I hope this list of words to describe texture has been of use, but please remember to use descriptive words with care.
A few words to describe texture and touch can make your work more vivid and give it energy. Overdoing it, however, will make your work seem like a pulpy romance. See what I mean?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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material on March 06, 2019:
what words describe differant materials
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Jeanette Stone Bishop on December 01, 2016:
Great list of descriptive words. Thank you.
Copeland Whitfield on November 10, 2016:
This is wonderful, I often struggle to capture a texture perfectly, as some has such unique textures.
Holly Green on October 30, 2016:
This must be very useful for some people, but I am writing I story about a blind girl, so I can't use most of these.
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This is helping me a lot with my descriptive essay. Thank you so much for writing this
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Kelbelle on February 28, 2016:
Does anyone know good texture words for cantaloupe outside besides bumpy and rough
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 28, 2016:
Great list of words to describe texture in your writing. Some I never heard or thought of. Thanks for sharing.
bla on September 22, 2015:
just what I needed- I was doing a list on detail words.
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ajbarnett (author) from Costa Blanca, Spain on December 29, 2012:
Thank you, Julie. I'm glad you found this useful
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