Metaphorically Speaking

18 Apr

For those of you who haven’t noticed (or are in fact, not reading my book—as if that is even possible :)), my writing tends to be conversation-heavy.  I’m aware of this fact and work tirelessly to add more detail to each chapter.  If you were to ask me my weaknesses, at the top of my [lengthy] list would be the use of imaginative metaphors and overall descriptions. 

My recent contributions to Six Sunday have brought this weakness to the forefront.  A number of the participating authors are able to introduce the reader to characters, a brief conversation and accurately describe the settings and emotions in only six sentences.  I believe I’m still a one-at-a-time writer.

In light of this, I’ve been asking myself the following question: how do writers come up with their metaphors and similes?  Do they keep a notebook of alphabetically-organized metaphors they cross off once used?  Do they Google them?  Or, is that just the way their inspired brains work, their own unique way of seeing the world?  If it is the latter then there is no hope for me. 

This week I’m focusing on descriptions, metaphors and similes.  I know the settings, characters and emotions like the back of my hand (how dull).  My goal is to come up with some innovative ways to describe and compare and then insert them into the text when the conversations get a bit scripty. 

 What do consider your weakness[es]?  And, more importantly, are you striving to turn them to strengths?

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4 Responses to “Metaphorically Speaking”

  1. annaldavis April 18, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    I love similies. And metaphors. In fact, that is probably one of my weaknesses as a writer… I can turn just about anything into metaphor. Life is the best inspiration. Next time you go outside, take note of the scene. Cars roll down the street like bowling balls headed toward the gutter. See? I can’t turn it off. 🙂

    • movingforeword April 18, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Beautiful! I suppose it’s just a matter of practice makes purpose. Bowling balls, brilliant. Thanks for the insight!

  2. Cassie April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I make lists. I will write orange at the top and then I’ll think of all the words, images, things, nouns, sounds, ANYTHING I can think of that reminds me of orange and I find the best fit. It’s actually quite fun.

    • movingforeword April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      That’s great advice, Cassie! I’ll def. have to try it out on the next story. Thanks for your input!

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