|Compares two unlike things|
|Helps make ideas clearer|
|Gives your writing special power|
|Should be fresh, not stale (used previously by other writers; be free to adapt a metaphor, however)|
|Can be used as simile using "like" or "as" to make the comparison|
Write about writing, using a metaphor to tie your ideas together. Use a familiar metaphor, if you wish, but alter it to make it more your own idea. If you like, you can write about yourself as a writer (A writer is like an auto mechanic. . . .) or about writers in general. Sample of teacher writing on this topic.
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