Oh! I love similes. They are super fun to write and great for adding more humor to your writing. So, what is a simile? In short, it's describing two unlike things using the words like or as.
Her crying was as loud as a siren held up to a megaphone and played over a loud speaker.
Here's 6 tips for improving your similes:
#1: Don't use cliches
He was as hungry as a wolf.
Ok. That's just lame.
Don't reach for the first simile that comes to mind. Dig deeper! Be original!
He was as hungry as a wolf on a no-pork diet who stumbled across a bacon festival.
|Wow. Bacon band-aids.|
#2: Use all your senses
Think about what things feel, taste, sound, look and smell like. Now put those to use in your similes.
Say you want to write a simile about your villain. Maybe about how bad he smells?
He raised his armpits and a smell like a boys' locker room, a dumpster and the moldy vegetables in the back of my Aunt Berna's fridge rolled over me.
#3: Keep it simple
Don't try too hard. Your simile should flow easily. If you're trying too hard, it will look like it.
#4: Make sure it's entertaining
The whole point of a simile is for it to add something to the story, to be enjoyable. If it doesn't make the story better, if it's not entertaining for your readers, then don't use it.
#5: Paint a picture
Use vivid, specific and descriptive words. A great simile will paint a picture in your reader's mind.
#6: Keep them short
Make your similes concise and punchy. They should flow through your narrative seamlessly, not stick out like a sore thumb like a bitter off-key Steampunk Elvis trying to croon his way onto American Idol.
If you'd like a chuckle, check out these 56 Best/Worst Similes.
Some of my favorites are...
He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
He was as tall as a 6′3″ tree.
It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
Do you like to use similes in your writing?