Writing Hint #11 Metaphors

Metaphors, similes and idioms are literary devices that add so much colour to our writing. When used carefully they are like diamonds sparkling in the sun. Your poetry can become little gemstones and your prose a goldmine of beauty.

Come on Trevor. That’s laying it on a bit thick.

But it remains true that metaphors, similes and idioms, used wisely, can enhance one’s writing and your writing begins to paint a glorious canvas for the reader. It needs to be said, however, that they need to be used carefully. Mixing your metaphors can lead to mixed up readers. Using metaphors carelesslessly quickly becomes a literary minefield. Careless writing is like trying to climb a greasy pole; it gets you nowhere fast.
The following writing hint says it beautifully:

“Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.”

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