I hope you are all enjoying your week! My week back to work has been okay, just trying to catch up. I didn’t have nearly the amount of emails I thought I would, so that’s good. Revising is going well. It’s slow, but the plot holes are being filled one by one!
So, the title of this post … yeah, I wrote that. Um… what? Tell me that’s not true, you might say.
I used to think I knew good examples of similes, but now I’m not sure. I can’t seem to stop writing the weird ones.
So let’s go back to the drawing board… What is a simile? You probably already know, but it never hurts to re-introduce the brain to the actual definition… why not, right?
1. a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.
2. an instance of such a figure of speech or a use of words exemplifying it.
So on to my dilemma, I love similes, but when is too much. I don’t want them to distract from the story. Unfortunately, when my critique partner takes notice of the many similes and their collective weirdness, it’s time to re-examine their existence in the story.
This is one she liked, “We both looked through our prospective boxes searching for the two kills the Senator ordered like menu items at a restaurant.”
I’m not sure if all similes are created equal. Maybe there will be a reader that likes my wacky animal/insect similes, but more often than not, the comparisons will distract from the story, so thus, they must go. *sniff*
So.. I’m curious, what type of similes do you use? Do you have any funny or unique ones you want to share?
Have a great rest of the week!
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