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When we send a post into the blogosphere, we want to make sure our best feet are forward. That means making sure errors like typos or poor grammar don’t detract from what we have to say; it’s one of the reasons The Daily Post highlights common grammar struggles.  Grammar challenges follow up on grammar posts, calling on you to put your new-found understanding to the test.

To participate, tag your posts with “DPchallenge” or leave a link to your post in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!) Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight the week’s best posts on Freshly Pressed each Friday.

Last week, erudite resident grammarian Daryl posted an introduction to metaphor and simile, two tools that can add detail and texture to your communication–we often use them in writing and speech to drive home an impression we’re trying to create.

Of course, whether we’re using these tools as thoughtfully as we might is another issue: consider the gulf between your declaration that “it’s hot as hell out here” and Shakespeare’s evocative description of Romeo’s feelings for Juliet.

Your challenge this week is fairly straightforward as far as rules go: write about whatever you’d like, incorporating metaphor and/or simile  to illustrate and highlight important parts of your story. If you’d like something more advanced, take the bull by the horns and attempt an epic simile, an extended simile that runs for several lines. Homer really liked a good epic simile, so much so that we now call them Homeric Similes; here are a few examples.

One thing to keep in mind: a good metaphor or simile doesn’t have to be flowery or formal–you should use your own frame of reference while crafting them. Similes and metaphors are mirrors of your natural tone, they can be as flowery as your great-aunt’s sofa or as dirty as the sole of a trucker’s boot. (See what I did there? Ba-da-bing!) There’s no need to be someone you’re not; the “write what you know” adage applies here as well.

As always, feel free to ask questions in the comments; if anyone would like Daryl to expand on any piece of his post, we’ll rope him in.  We’re excited to see what you come up with for such a wide-open challenge!

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  1. Oh my god, I just posted something yesterday that would be GREAT for this challenge. Can I repost today, or reblog it with new tags? Please let me know, I would love to have a shot!


  2. This poem, filled with metaphors and simile’s was written long back, but no one ever saw it because I was not at all active in WordPress the even though I published it then. I neither did have any followers then, nor did have any writing challenge! So, I guess this time, the poem should see the outer world!
    Here is it —


  3. Always make sure the similes you use apply to the character’s perspective you’re writing from. An older woman probably isn’t going to see something as being ‘like that elusive last Pokemon card.’ It wouldn’t fit. Keep in tone with the rest of the post.


  4. it is making me happy how much doing these weekly challenges is helping me to write some fun stuff – for me for sure and hopefully for others – my attempt this week is titled “What’s a meta for?” and has to do with leading horses to water [but not making them throw stones in glass houses because of all the admin involved] – hope you enjoy and would love to make it on the list –


  5. pdchallenge

    It was a deluge of iterations and reiterations, like waves crashing against a rock in and out, in and out, as he tried to firce his ideas into my head like a rock climber searching for the tiny crack to wiggle his fingers into so as to climb and cling like a tenacious lichen, smothering me.


      1. For those who remember – or want to know more about – the atmosphere of 1950’s and 60’s Britain I post a link to ‘A Ramble Around My Aunt’

        A prize to those who can get past the first few paragraphs. The prize being the next lot of paragraphs.

        The title is intended to be both metaphorical and a pun on the word ramble. It also pays homage to the great autobiographical play by John Mortimer, which was turned into a Teleplay starring Laurence Olivier as the playwright’s father. Loved it!


  6. My favorite simile has always been this line from the videogame Soul Reaver: “My once-proud kin, wiped from this world like excrement from a boot.”

    Anyway, I came up with a good metaphor while walking my dog, and I’ll be sure to put that into a post tonight!


  7. Where can I create a link next time? Please critique my post. All I can do is learn!

    “DPchallenge” I came to a fork in the road as I often I do and sometimes not, I decided to take the opportunity to hedge my bet this fair morning. Not deciding betwixt the two roads I thought to compromise.

    I headed down the road to my left and met a ghastly and dreadful sight, like a dream that started out well and turned for the worst. I quickly took flight, a homing pigeon flight, and returned to the fork in the road. After I was well rested, I headed down the road to my right.

    I came upon a place of pure beauty right out of paradise lost, but without the serpent of old more cunning than all of Eden. The serpent even more cunning than the other animals. They were cunning as well but to a lesser degree.

    Not to be satisfied with Eden as humans are, but true to my choice of compromise, I headed again down the road to my left to the ghastly and dreadful sight. Undaunted I past the ghastly and dreadful sight only to end in paradise lost again.

    It is without saying, “When it comes to a fork in the road, I’ll just end up in the same place at a different time.” I have no choice?


  8. Since I read this article and started thinking about the challenge, I have noticed every single metaphors and simile, either spoken or written. It is a bit like buying a red car, then suddenly noticing how many other red cars there are on the road. :)


    1. I like what you wrote.. I nodded my head and began to think even beyond this thought. My favorite metaphor is and please don’t be offended, “I don’t know what I met-a-phor and I don’t know what har-ass-ment.” It can also met-him-phor and his-ass-ment. I had this thought when sexual harassment became an issue on the job.. Previously this preceded dating and courting. Only the male bosses were guilty of sexual harassment. That is how women got a promotion. This was well know by women and they chided women who got promotions doing sexual favors.


      1. My deeply-rooted feminist principles remain intact, despite your play on words. There is, however, a big difference between a person choosing to grant sexual favours with a view to being promoted, and being on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances from those who hold more power within an organisation. And, um, anyone can be guilty of – or a victim of – sexual harrassment.


      2. Thank you for responding.
        My play on words, yes anyone can the victim of sexual harassment. My concern is for those that want a date, leading to courtship, not withstanding the other two reasons. I have witnessed women outside of work proclaiming the doctrine of sexual harassment which is sad to see.

        Because of the indoctrination on the job how can they expect to get a mate. Eventually they have to talk about sex maybe have sex. Personally I don’t want a woman who is afraid to act all woman and who doesn’t like sex. For that matter I’m a strong supporter of premarital sex. With the new rules on marriage and divorce I refuse to get married under man but under God like Adam and Eve. I have been married twice. when I have a woman I treat her like a wife. When we depart I still have all my things.

        Thanks for the opportunity to express my views.


  9. Hi! Here’s my entry for this week’s challenge!

    As soon as I read about Homer and epic similes, I knew exactly what I had to write about. I just came back from what I kept referring to as an “epic adventure” — a 9-day hiking trip that really tested my mind and physicial capacity to the limit! I felt like every day we were waging a war. Really, the hardest thing I’ve ever done! Enjoy :)


  10. This little ditty came to mind this morning. I have submitted it late for your review. Believe or not it is true! This is my second post on metaphors and similes. I consider it to be a beautiful challenge. I love creative writing.

    “DPchallenge” I am against marriage as we know it today. I followed her to school one day, I married her, and she fleeced me white as snow. A fool and his money is soon parted so I followed her to the Church one day, married her and she fleeced me white as snow. Not to be outdone the next time I was no fool and I did not marry her. Boy, which was a marriage made in heaven. True to marriage after it ended my female apartment manager fleeced me white as snow.


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