Take Ten for Writers Exercises : Simile But Different
Take Ten for Writers • No. 70
Simile But Different
By Bonnie Neubauer
Pick an item from each column in the grid below to create a simile. The odder the simile, the more fun it is to invent a story around it. If you want, generate a few similes and use them all. (Examples: Crooked like a yo-yo in a debate; Wild like a rocking chair in sneakers.)
Write your simile at the top of your page.
Pick a number between 1 and 10: ______.
Find your number below. This is the starting phrase for your story, in which you must use your simile.
Simile But Different List
Find your number here. This is the starting phrase for your story, in which you must use your simile.
Now TAKE TEN minutes and WRITE!
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This printable writing exercise is published with permission from Take Ten for Writers © 2009 Bonnie Neubauer. All rights reserved.
TAKE TEN Take-Away
Similes are comparisons that jazz up your writing. Creative people also tend to be quite adept at another type comparison: comparing themselves to others, usually those who are more prolific or successful. This is destructive and a waste of time. Instead, take the time to honor who you are. If you want to be more prolific, set aside more writing time. If you want to be more successful, learn how make your work more professional to send out into the world. Change because you want it for yourself, not because you are comparing yourself to, or competing with, someone else. •
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Bonnie Neubauer is the inventor of the Story Spinner and author of the revised and expanded deluxe edition of The Write-Brain Workbook. More »