According to Graham King in his book Collins Improve your Writing Skills, a simile “makes a direct comparison between two dissimilar things”, for example, as fit as a fiddle or as drunk as a skunk and similes are usually joined by the introductory words ‘as’, ‘like’, ‘as if’ or ‘as though’. Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English calls them ‘figures of speech’ that can also be called clichés if they are overused.
So, should we use them in our writing? The answer is it’s up to you, but although these phrases can sometimes make our writing seem a little tired, they can also liven up a poem or article when used well.
Here are a few similes used in sentences:
- Sophie looked as snug as a bug in a rug in her new sleeping bag
- I was as busy as a bee doing my chores this morning.
- The film made her cry even though she’s usually as tough as old boots.
- He was as happy as a lark when I picked him up from school.
If would like to see some more examples of similes – English Club have a great list.
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Just found your website. A good idea. I am reading everything I can get my hands on about writing. Your approach is also good, but I notice you claim to have no time to write your passion for. I’m just reading a book which says not to get caught up in writing notebooks journal and if there were such a thing at the time of the book’s writing I am sure he would include blogs. He sees all these things as impediments to the writing. He would say write first before you blog. That’s what I do every day – writing first, blogging later.
The book: The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop, Stephen Koch.
Hi Arnie what a great comment – it is so true that we can quite easily digress from what we were born to do “to just write”. It has really helped me put a few things in perspective. I’m going to check out the book you mentioned & also your blog. Thank you so much for taking the time out if your day to write this comment Sandra
nice talking with you
Great reading. Some good ideas here. Glad that I’ve stumbled upon your blog. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you 🙂