How to Write Gorgeous Prose - Part Two

In the second installment in this blog series (read the first post here), we’re going to look at another secret that is under-used in all but the best prose: the use of similes and metaphors. They create dynamic word pictures, imaginative storyscapes, and draw the reader into the story.

Before we start, a quick grammar lesson: A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid. “He bolted for the door like a convict escaping prison.”

Conversely, a metaphor is a figure-of-speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. “She was a block of ice; no emotion, no warmth.”