We begin by looking at the differences between simile and metaphor. This goes beyond some of the basic differences you might be familiar with. We will talk about how much power each has, when to use which, and why.
We will then focus on how using figurative language enhances your plot and reader engagement with your story.
Next, we move to how to develop unique, beautiful images and associates you can use to describe the characters and story world. This step is critical. Most writers do not adequately craft novel similes and metaphors, which makes them fall flat. This will include examining how these images can develop characters, set the tone of a story, and express deep emotion.
We then look at the various types of metaphors you can employ in your writing, including extended metaphors in which you carry an association for a longer period of time than a single sentence. This helps you deeply integrate themes into your story.
We will also discuss how to capitalize on all five senses when writing figurative language. This deepens the connection with the reader and further allows you to write highly unique images.
The workshop closes by addressing how to consider your audience’s level of knowledge when choosing metaphors and similes as well as how to avoid common mistakes.
Finally, we will go over the workshop exercise that will help you begin to practice writing images for yourself.