Tips on Writing Prompts with Metaphors

Writing Prompts using Metaphors a Good Exercise for Writers

According to my Oxford Compact English Dictionary, metaphor - noun - is (1) a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable (e.g. food for thought, diamond in the rough, dying to meet her/her). (2) a thing symbolic of something else. Its origin comes from Greek, metapherein "to transfer." 
Creative writers especially fiction writers are fond of metaphors. Actually, it's a good exercise (fun too!) that can be addicting for some writing students. Even seasoned writers occasionally play with words when in the mood, and maybe, biding time from "writer's block".


Some examples of metaphors:
  • Panic of desire
  • Laughter is the music of the soul
  • Crackle of discontent
  • Fraction of creativity
  • Wheels of justice
  • My mother planted the seed of wisdom
  • Hiccup of fear
  • World is a bowl of jell-o
  • Teaspoon of need
For anyone who has a chance, try writing an essay from any of the above metaphors, a personal experience, perhaps a juicy one. Don't edit and just write about what comes to your mind. Remember that a metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things not using the word “like” or “as” to make the comparison. It's up to you whether you want to share your written thoughts  to anyone or just for yourself.

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