Descriptive Writing Exercise – Touch

Describing things your characters might touch can be a bit difficult, but it’s a sense we all have and most everyone can feel the same textures in the same way. Taste buds can vary greatly from one person to the next, and the sense of sight can be very different from one person to the next. But touching soft or rough textures is basically the same for every human being. Try to capture the essence of how things feel in your writing.










Write a paragraph to describe how each of these scenarios would feel:

Exercise 1:

Sandy beach, warm sunshine. Describe how the sand feels on your feet. Is it gritty, soft, mushy? How does the sun feel on your skin? Is it warm and comforting or hot and blistering?

Exercise 2:

Describe how you (or a character) would feel walking barefoot on a rocky cliff.

Exercise 3:

Crawling through a muddy swamp. Is it slimy? Can you describe how the water feels or the plants, is it mossy? Does it feel disgusting or strangely nice?


1. My feet sank into the warm, wet sand. It oozed up between my toes with an almost tickly sensation. I felt it glide further up my foot as it sank deeper and deeper into the thick, watery muck.

2. I laid down in the plush green grass. The velvety softness embraced me. A gentle breeze wafted across my skin sending shivers through my body.

3. The intense heat of the sun baked my skin, searing several layers deep and evaporating any perspiration that soaked my clothing as I crawled along the rough, parched ground. I desperately searched for moisture, but the arid, cracked ground had none to give.

Descriptive words to consider using:

  • Abrasive
  • Clammy
  • Fluffy
  • Sharp
  • Stony
  • Velvety

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Happy Writing!