“Similes and Metaphors Delight Readers” by Joan Y. Edwards
Why do writers use similes and metaphors? I believe it’s because similes and metaphors delight readers. Adding these kind of comparisons to your writing, gives readers a chance to see things through your eyes. They visualize your characters, settings, and other things in a different way. It makes your writing fascinating!
What is a simile?
A simile is a figure of speech comparing one thing with a different thing to make a description more emphatic or vivid, using the words like or as.
David is like an eagle when it comes to finding his “nest.” He lives on the hundredth floor of the John Hancock building.
“There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”
Don’t talk to me.”
“Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret…”
A metaphor from the book, Forest Gump by Winston Groom. made into a film.
Forrest Gump speaking;
“My momma said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'”
Look at your own writing. I know you have oodles of wonderful similes and metaphors there. You probably wrote them without thinking about them. You could have searched your mind diligently and for a long time to find the perfect great comparison to use. I know you’ll find them.
Use search and find the words: like, as, and isas clues to help you find similes and metaphors easier. If you’re using Kindle or another E-book reading device, you can use search to find similes and metaphors that your favorite authors use.
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6 thoughts on “Similes and Metaphors Delight Readers”
Finding a good simile or metaphor that heightens the text is a true treasure. Thanks for the reminder!
Thank you for writing! I’m glad that you enjoyed the reminder that good similes and metaphors makes reading more fun! Thank you for being my friend.
You are a jewel!
Never Give Up
TeeHee…I was just looking for figurative language to use in my middle grade WIP to describe a furiously wagging feline’s tail…..so your post is just like a purr-fectly timed cat’s tale for me, Joan -:D!
Thank you for writing. I’m glad that my post helped you find something that was purr-fect for your writing!
You are fun! Enjoy being you.
Never Give Up
I love figures of speech. It makes for more interesting reading.
Thank you for writing. I am glad that you think similes and metaphors make writing more interesting. I do, too.
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