A metaphor is an implied comparison between two things that are unlike each other but have something in common. When used with restraint, metaphor is an economical way of conveying depth and complexity without ‘telling’ your reader what to think.

Think about how an eggshell conveys fragility, an icicle conveys chill, or a shredder conveys destruction.

between good harbor and long beach jan 2015 3 ebszabo

Select a moment in your life, and use this image to convey how it felt, without specifically referencing the comparison – avoid the words ‘it was like’ or ‘it felt like’ – which can feel cumbersome or contrived.