Usage of Metaphors: for aspiring writers

We are going to look the at advance skills for creative writing and basically, these will help you to take your creative writing to the next level and some things that you can look at when you are writing your next story of the next assessment tasks that involve some sort of creative writing, just think about including some of these strategies to help up or boost you work up a level.  Now a lot of these strategies, pretty much the ones that you would teach any young aspiring writer to provide some different perspectives on writing and different ways of going about how you do compose your work. Basically, look at how to get your work up to that high band six-level where obviously everyone has to get to.

 So this what we are going to be looking at and one of the firsts things that you’ll need is ‘metaphor and analogy’ and basically to have some metaphorical meaning is to have a figurative meaning. Essentially that you’re able to go much deeper into your narratives and that’s what we are trying to do. So, when you are going deeper into a narrative; now when you are showing this, not only can you describe things which everyone can do but you’re showing that you are willing to actually be involved with those ideas. Explore them on the level where you gain some sort of insight and where the reader basically gets something out of it but what are those things. ‘Metaphor basically is something which is used to represent something else’. Either you can represent things in the way they actually are or you can represent them as something else. Something that probably fits their personality.  What they look like or to give a better account of what that thing is. What that person is rather than just simply stating who they are. What they are.


For instance, if I were to say, I will describe a truck to you but instead of describing it as a truck. I’m describing it as a bull because it looks a lot like a bull in so many ways. Then it is a metaphorical way of approaching a truck and you could imagine many different things. So when I imagine a truck like a bull. I think of something fierce, predatorily tough, and really fearsome. This starts getting more of a personality and more of an image. This represents something like if you’re comparing a car to a tiger; It’s probably going to be something like a sports car something with a bit of gut behind. That helps to represent that object, that image rather than writings it’s a car because it doesn’t really represent much.


 Remember when you are writing, do not write, ‘the truck is like a bull,’ that’s more of a simile. Both simile and metaphors make our writing interesting and descriptive. These two techniques help the reader to create a picture in their mind rather than forming words in their heads. But both simile and metaphor play different roles in reading. Here let me tell you,Simile, compare two different things by saying one thing is like the other, this is done by using the word, ‘ like’ or ‘as’. For example, she was as fast as a cheetah. Here we don’t need to explain that she was really fast, because here we picture a cheetah and we know what it’s really fast.


Metaphors are somewhere similar to similes in which they compare two different things by saying one thing, ‘IS’ the other, rather than using words, ‘ like or as.’ Metaphor simply said that one thing is the other. Like the example used before that the truck is bull. Or some other example like, Time is money.  Which denotes that time is extremely valuable. Because we know money is valuable and comparing time with money we show the characteristics of time. Metaphors can also be used by implying one thing is another, Like when someone says there’s an elephant in the room, they literally don’t mean that there is a large elephant in the room, it means that there’s an issue or a secret that is so big that is talking most of the space in the room.

The other thing you can use is an analogy which is basically a continuation of a metaphor now I’ll explain that analogy continues on. It is more of a way of saying that we are making some different comparisons between different things. For example, between to objects so far that car and tiger, as I mentioned before it continues on with that image it continues to represent the car as a tiger it doesn’t even represent as a car by the end it representing it entirely as the beast.



Basically, metaphor and analogy are figurative languages and they are basically referring things called intangibles. Now intangible essentially means that it’s nothing we can’t see. It is something that you can’t touch, feel smell, or anything else like that. It’s an idea rather than something physical and actually real now if you’re going back to the example that I mentioned before, about the car and the tiger.  Well tigers are real as well as cars are, so they both are not intangible, how’s that figurative?  The reason for that is because we are saying the car is not literally a tiger. That’s where the figurative thing comes in. When you refer to figurative devices in figurative languages, you’re looking at ideas such as freedom, emotions, hate, love, sadness. You are looking at different sorts of ways of thinking. Spirits and all sorts of things which you can’t see, touch, taste, or do anything physically and interact with them and yet they’re still there. They are still present and they are some things that you can be described figuratively.

Of course, you can use non- figurative or literal objects to describe an idea and so for instance you are describing freedom, you might describe it is as a bird. That says the bird is the freedom. So this is what you are looking at when you are focusing on figurative writing and basically you can attach these things to a metaphorical idea or a literal construct. We call them figurative as I said because they’re referring to things which are not literal as in, we’re not literally saying like that example before .that the car is like a tiger. 

These metaphors, similes, and analogies, lay everywhere around us, especially in writing, it involves us by evoking our imagination and we as writers need to learn and master these techniques. And I’m hoping that my explanation surely gave you the insight into these techniques.

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