Submitted by: Bob Leslie
(Taken from the book Write Now! - by Anne Wescott Dodd – book is out of print)
Some Technical Tools
In our everyday conversations, we often make expressed or direct comparisons between two unlike objects. We do this to clarify what we wish to explain. Normally, an expressed comparison is introduced by the words like or as.
For example, a girl may have cheeks “like roses.” A clever boy may be smart “as a fox.” Many of these expressions are now trite. In other words, they have been used so often that they are worn-out—no long fresh, original, or effective.
Complete the phrases below by adding a word or words which makes an original but sensible comparison. Avoid using words you have heard before in the same phrase. Expand your thinking.
Example: busy as a mustard paddle at a wiener roast
1. clever as
2. funny as
3. happy as
4. quick as
5. tired as
6. frightened as
7. sneaky as
8. nervous as
9. silly as
10. thin as
An expressed or direct comparison is sometimes called a simile. A simile is a literary device which helps a reader better understand what you are trying to say. Similes are used in both prose and poetry. An original simile is fun to read. A trite one is boring.