Using Similes and Metaphors to Enrich Our Writing

Using Similes and Metaphors to Enrich Our Writing

Metaphors and similes can be used to offer striking images as well as convey ideas. They not only make writing interesting but also help writers think more about their subjects. Put simply, they are not just fanciful expressions; they are ways of thinking.

How do writers create similes and metaphors? They play with language and ideas. For example, a comparison like the following might appear in a draft of an essay:

Eunice was singing like an old cat.

If this draft is revised, more details might be added to the comparison to make it more interesting.

When Eunice sang, her voice was like a cat sliding down a chalkboard.

You should be alert to the ways in which other people use metaphors and similes in the work. Then, revise your essays to make your ideas clearer and your ideas more vivid by creating original metaphors and similes.

Similes and metaphors are like raisins in a cake. When used in the right amount, they add variation, interest, and surprise. However, if overdone, the readers may be distracted by them.



How to Become a Great Humor Writer

How to Become a Great Humor Writer

To make a reader smile, giggle, and chuckle, a writer must create an image in the mind of the reader. He must use words to conjure up dialogue and situations that bring bone-tickling, rib-splitting, or knee-slapping guffaws, from the reader.

To be a good humor writer, don’t tell your readers something is funny. Let them discover this for themselves. You can do this by using words that paint a picture that the readers can relate to with all their senses. Describe the sounds, sights, tastes, textures, and smells. By doing that, you will end up creating humorous situations.

To create humor in your work, use similes and metaphors that bring familiar images into the mind of your readers. Used effectively, similes and metaphors say a lot with few words. They can paint a funny image in the mind of the reader. A simile such as, “they were wrestling around like two pigs in the mire, only John was enjoying it and Evans was just getting dirty,” tells the readers about a humorous situation.

Satire and irony also add humor to the writer’s work. Irony is using words to express the opposite of their literal meaning. On the other hand, satire is the use of wit or irony to attack something. However, writers should be careful when using irony and satire to avoid leaving their readers confused.


Understanding Fiction Genres

Understanding Fiction Genres

It is important to know all the genres of literature. Generally, there are two major categories that separate the different genres of literature: fiction and nonfiction. Today we will look at fiction genres.


Drama is a form of literature that is either verse or prose. Since drama is intended for performance, it is normally in dialogue-form. Generally, it is thought of as a narration about events in the characters’ lives.


This is a rhythmic and verse writing with imagery that can evoke emotional response from readers. Poetry art is rhythmical in composition, spoken or written. This genre is for exciting pleasure using imaginative, beautiful, or elevated thoughts.


Humor is the quality of being comic or amusing. It is a fiction that is full of excitement, fancy, and fun which is meant to entertain.


Fables are stories about extraordinary or supernatural people. They feature animals, plants, legendary creatures, or inanimate objects that are given human qualities.

Fairy Tales

Also known as wonder tales, fairy tales are a kind of fable or folktale. The stories are usually for children.

Short Story

This is a fiction of such brevity that cannot support any subplots.

Other genres of fiction include science fiction, realistic fiction, folklore, historical fiction, horror, a tall tale, legend, mystery, mythology, and fiction in verse.


Effective Use of Imagery

Effective Use of Imagery

Imagery is about description; a description that provides depth to otherwise flat depiction. It is intended to enhance sensory experiences and to bring a narrative to life. It also makes the readers identify themselves with the story and picture it from a different level.

A visual prompt is the most common form of imagery. Here the writer gives a vivid description of an action and a character, rather than just a basic description. This enhanced description enables the reader to see the actions and the characters clearly in his/her mind.

The use of senses is also important, especially in fiction stories. It adds good features to the story, allowing the reader to imagine and identify with the characters. Some of these senses include auditory, olfactory, tactile, gustatory and kinesthetic. Auditory imagery involves using the sense of sound in the story. Olfactory imagery creates a sense of smell in the story. Tactile imagery creates a sense of touch. Gustatory imagery employs the sense of taste while kinesthetic imagery employs the sense of movement.

Other forms of imagery include the use of colours, similes, and metaphors. Effective use of imagery does not mean over using it. The writer should get the perfect choice of words that give powerful descriptions that remain enjoyable and memorable to the reader. It also requires the writer to be creative and imaginative.