I Have Fingers of Thunder

Johny Thundersbeard does not procrastinate about writing

When to use a Simile

Simile’s can be over used and over the top. They can enliven writing that needs it, however. The key is to only use it when you want to offer insight. Even in satire or comedy, a simile’s purpose is often intelligent, and never to show off.

I’ve been reading about word imagery: similes and metaphors, yes, but also allusions and personification and onomatopoeia. It must have stirred something in me, as I’ve just had another go at the opening to Brutal Dungeon (my epic horror novel). 220 words later and I have something of slightly less dubious quality then last time (been reading about understatement too).

Today was a victory.


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