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Writing is Like . . . .

June 1, 2000

Writers use metaphor, often, to explain things more easily. A metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things. For example, writing is a field full of flowers, bright and beckoning, but only blooming in ideal conditions. Using this metaphor, a writer can develop his or her ideas fully. Tonight, I would like you to compare writing, or being a writer, with some other things. In this way, we can make clearer our struggles to be good writers.


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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