A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as.” It is a powerful way to make complex ideas easily understandable. Here are two examples:
“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” — Mark Twain
“A house without books is like a room without windows.” — Horace Mann
Answer these brief questions: Have you ever used a simile to describe the weather? (It was as cold as ice.) Or a place? (That apartment looks just like my dorm room.) Or a puppy? (That dog looks like my friend’s dog, except he’s older and a little larger.)
Similes are descriptive magic. That’s why I use them in so much of my writing.
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