Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Classic Metaphors

I love my writer's group--Authors Incognito! They are always so helpful when I'm stuck in a rut. I can ask them any question and get some great suggestions. One of my friends, Janice, posted these helpful classic metaphors today--sometimes it's so hard to feel inspired when it comes to metaphors. I hope these help bring inspiration to your day! And if you don't know I'm speaking tongue in cheek after reading the examples below, then you might be a little dense, like a large brick of moldy cheese.

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides
gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances
like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like
a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without
one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the
country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a
solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-
temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog
makes just before it throws up.

6. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

7. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated
because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a
surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

8. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a
bowling ball wouldn’t.

9. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag
filled with vegetable soup.

10. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an
eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city
and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

11. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

12. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when
you fry them in hot grease.

13. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who
had also never met.

14. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was
the East River.

15. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap,
only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

16. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike
Phil, this plan just might work.

17. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not
eating for a while.

18. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck,
either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping
on a land mine or something.

19. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender
leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.


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