26 Aug

Master Long Sentences With One Simple Technique

I did a guest post for the Authors Think Tank site foreverwriters.com on Wednesday. In it, I talk about how so many of us writers fear long sentences, and how we can overcome that fear by making long sentences that are gorgeously crafted and easy to follow.

Check out the post here or click on the image below.

Learn to master long sentences with one simple techniqueEnjoy!


15 Aug

Parts of a Metaphor

Metaphors have two parts: tenor and vehicle.

The tenor is the the subject of the metaphor.

The vehicle is the thing the subject is compared to.

Take a look at the image below for a couple examples.

Image showing examples of metaphors with parts clearly labeled.Similes are metaphors that use like or as between the tenor and the vehicle. For example:

My heart is like a singing bird

In this simile, Christina Rosetti compares a heart to a singing bird. Heart is the tenor, a singing bird is the vehicle. She could have written, My heart is a singing bird, but she didn’t take it that far. That’s why metaphors are more powerful than similes, which only declare a thing is like another, not the same.

Other types of metaphors are (definitions from Google search):

Metonymy – the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant, for example suit for business executive, or the track for horse racing.

Synechdoche – a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, as in Cleveland won by six runs (meaning “Cleveland’s baseball team”).

Personification – the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman

Who cares, right? Well, if you’re trying to fix a mixed metaphor, it helps to know which part seems off. Does the problem lie with the tenor or is it the vehicle?