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How to write a metaphor, in 5 increasingly difficult steps.
1. Imagine something. This could be anything. To get the best results, try imagining something complex. For example I will imagine a war that has two sides who hate each other.
2. Identify smaller things inside your something. My war has two sides, they hate each other, and they have two generals who are crucial for the battle. They are pretty much evenly matched. Write down as many details as you think are relevant.
3. Imagine other things, and their smaller things, until you find something that has similar parts. Identify which these parts are. Does a grapefruit have something in common with this war? It has mushy insides. That’s kind of a stretch though. Eventually we might stumble onto the idea of a game of chess. These have many similarities.
4. Say that the one thing you imagined is the other thing you imagined. “This war is a game of chess.” The better things you imagined, the more vivid this image will be in the reader’s head.
5. (Bonus round!) Keep going! Say that the details of the first thing you imagined are the details of the second thing you imagined.
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