Thursday, February 07, 2008

Metaphors, Writing Workshop continued

Yikes! Time goes by fast when you're forgetting to blog.

Okay, let's talk metaphors. Metaphors are another treasure trove in the hands of a skilled writer. (Like that metaphor I stuck in there?) Metaphors add power, the power of a word picture, and everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words.

You already know what a metaphor is. It's a comparison of two things. I just told you that metaphors were like a treasure trove. Cindy Rogers, in Word Magic for Writers, says, "Well-placed, fresh metaphors create striking images or surprising and engaging ideas. In the hands of a good writer, they clarify, enhance, create layers of meaning."

In Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, India Opal describes her father as a turtle who is constantly pulling his head back into his turtle shell. By that description, you know exactly how she sees her father, and what it is about him that frustrates her. In fact, you feel her frustration in that metaphor. It's powerful. The writer gets her point across in a memorable way.

Think of some way you could describe a person, a scene, or an event in your WIP (Work in Progress), a metaphor that would more powerfully get your point across. Be creative. Brainstorm ideas. See what you come up with and post them in the comments.

1 comment:

Robin Johns Grant said...

Melanie, this is such a great exercise, if I weren't too tired to think. My brain is a tired marathon runner, trying to make it to the finish line of 5:00 but sinking into a field of quicksand...hey, wait a minute! Does that count? (LOL! Not a very good one, but I told you I'm very tired today.)