by A.R., WOTH onlineMagazine, Sept/Oct ’10.
I congratulated her on that one sentence alone (and then went on to publish her piece).
Writing Tidbit: Never underestimate the power of a simple simile and its more complicated sister, the metaphor.
- Simile is a comparison of two dissimilar objects that uses the words like, as or than.
- Metaphor is an implied comparison that brings together two dissimilar objects, persons, or ideas. Unlike a simile, which uses the words like or as, a metaphor directly identifies an obscure or difficult subject with another that is easier to understand.
Jesus knew how to keep His audience’s attention with the beauty and power of speaking metaphorically: “you are the light of the world,” “a farmer went out to sow his seed,” “I am the bread of life,” etc.
So be like Him…and here is how I’ll know…
Enter our writing contest: “Searching for Beauty”
- Write a one sentence simile that depicts the women of your region.
- Submit it me: email@example.com by Monday, October 11, 10:00 AM (MST) with “Searching for Beauty" in the subject line
- I’ll post all the entries next week and you all will vote on your favorite.
- A $15 iTunes card will be awarded to the winner! (my one e-point)