Okay, I’ll admit to being a bit stumped on this post. I had an idea, but I’m gonna save that one for my next post because…well, you’ll see why.
I normally don’t have a problem coming up with a post for the monthly theme, but texture? What on earth would I say (that hasn’t been said already in this very new month)?
And then something came to me. We’ve kinda-sorta covered this before. I had to go back to October 2015 (almost a year ago) to find it, but I did. My post on shadows.
Wait, isn’t texture something you feel? Well, yes, but others this week have already proven this statement to be a little bit misleading. Sure, fabrics have texture, and so does pottery. But so does painting. We don’t touch paintings, do we? (At least we shouldn’t, all those oils on our fingers. And if you’re at a museum, well, just don’t.) But I don’t think anybody would argue paintings don’t have texture.
What gives them that texture? Shadows.
(I’m so proud of myself, tying two themes, almost a year apart, together.)
We writers create auditory texture with the sound of words. We create visual texture (if we’re luck/good) by creating a picture in our readers’ minds. And part of that texture is darkness. Not always, mind you. Some textures, some books, use light and a lot of it. But we write a lot of mystery here. And if you look back through the ages at the mystery greats – Christie, Chandler, et. al. – they all have a very important aspect of texture.
Readers, do you have a favorite book that uses shadow to create texture?