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10.01.2017 16:11    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  metaphor  internet writers workshop  

Each of us needs a little urging at time to write and create. These 20 minute daily exercises will assist you in doing exactly that.

Each day a new topic or thought will be posted. Clear your mind, and then just let all the ideas that pop up come pooring out. You are encouraged to write for about 20 minutes. This will be fun and interesting and may lead to a longer story or even an idea for a book. Have fun, enjoy and share.

The software WriteSparks! is an ideal tool for doing your exercises,  try WriteSparks! Lite for free.


Writing Prompt Topic: Metaphor (V. 3)


Metaphors are different from similes. Both are common tools used by writers to make comparisons. They help to increase understanding in an original and effective way.

This exercise calls for metaphors, that equate one thing with another. Notice the following examples don't include words similar to 'like', as those would instead be similes.


This guy is a thorn in my side.

Fog creeps in on little cat feet. (Carl Sandburg)

Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Armadillo" uses this metaphor to describe a baby rabbit:

so soft!-a handful of intangible ash/ with fixed, ignited eyes.

Andra McPherson in "Alleys" uses this metaphor to describe the first flower she picked for her husband:

It is
Not even a withered flower anymore,
But the dust of the first thing I did for him.

A good metaphor is original, fresh and revealing, and does not have to explain itself. It is closer to understatement than to exaggeration. To work, no matter how abstract, a metaphor must be on target and truthful without being farfetched. It must also avoid cliches. Sometimes an author will extend a metaphor with many variances within a single story or poem.

The assignment: In 400 words or less, create a scene that includes at least one metaphor. Make sure your choice of metaphor is relevant to the story.

Critics: Does the metaphor "work"? Did the author invoke the scene in your mind? Why or why not? And of course, critique the writing in general.


Have fun!


This exercise first appeared at the Internet Writers Workshop

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