Creating Inventive Metaphors

Bookmarked Observation Journal — similes and genre flips by Kathleen Jennings (Kathleen Jennings)

This observation journal page is a late-night variation on previous exercises with flipped descriptions. Like most late-night writing activities, it got a bit silly, but it was fun, and it turns ou…

First, I picked items at random from the left-hand page, and tried to work them up into a simile, e.g. clouds like uncurling ribbons. Those comparisons, being drawn from daily life, tended to still be based in it…

Then I reworked each sentence twice: once for a science fiction setting… and once as some sort of Regency fairy tale…

I wasn’t looking for a 1:1 equivalent, obviously, but something that approximated the original phrase.

By Tracy Durnell

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