A fresh, vibrant metaphor is a valuable tool in our writer’s kitbag. It evokes powerful images and connections in a reader’s mind.
In a nutshell, creating a metaphor involves comparing two different things to show how they’re related without using like or as. Basically, you are saying X=Y by bringing two dissimilar things together.
Creating and sharing a fresh, evocative metaphor is exciting, for both you as a writer and for your readers: You are helping them see the world in a new, often surprising way and making connections that reveal how your mind works. Metaphors can be magical!
Here are a few we’ve all probably heard or read: “blanket of snow,” “raining cats and dogs,” “a rollercoaster of emotions,” “late bloomer.”
Here are some examples of well-known metaphors:
From the Bible: “The Lord is my shepherd” and “The Lord is my rock.”
From Shakespeare’s Othello: “jealousy…is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock/The meat it feeds on,” from Othello.
From Shakespeare’s As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
From Emily Dickinson: “Hope is the thing with feathers/ That perches in the soul/ And sings the tune without the words/ And never stops at all.”
From Marcel Proust: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming bartenders who make our soul’s blossom.”
From William Wordsworth: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
From Van Gogh: “Conscience is a man’s compass.”
Here are a few questions to ponder as you begin to play with this tricky, but timeless tool: What’s the best, most powerful metaphor you’ve ever written? Has creating it strengthened your ability to observe and make comparisons? Is simplicity key to metaphor?
Please help KWD grow by sharing: https://karinwritesdangerously.com/