Ah, metaphors. They are, and likely always will be, a major pillar of most fiction and poetic prose.
A type of figurative language used to liven up descriptive writing, metaphors are primarily a comparison tool. Along with similes, they make up most of our well known ‘figure of speech’ idioms. However, where a simile uses “like a…” or “as a…” – for example, her eyes sparkled like jewels – metaphors are a way of describing an emotion, object or abstract as though it were something else. In this example case: her eyes were sparkling jewels.
It is a small difference – but used properly, it packs some serious emotive punch into your writing.
So in this article, we’re going to run you through the world of metaphors, and how you can get the most out of using them in your writing.
To begin, it’s helpful to know that there are several types of metaphor. This article focuses on the most common: See More . . .