Here’s a great game to practice thinking metaphorically – it also works well as a drinking game!
Here’s one of my favourite games to play with writers. I call it the simile wheel of fortune.
It’s really simple. Everyone sits in a circle and one person says a thing that is like another thing. For instance, a slate is like a blackboard. The next person has to think of something a blackboard is like. You can choose whether to compare in the plural or the singular, and the comparison doesn’t have to be good or original: for instance, they might say, “A blackboard is like the night sky.”
And on it goes. The next person might say, “The night sky is like a cloak” (as in the cliché “the world was cloaked in darkness).
A cloak is like a waterfall.
A waterfall is like long hair.
Long hair is like the branches of a willow tree.
The branches of a willow tree are like rain.
Rain is like stair rods.
Stair rods are like baguettes.
Baguettes are like sausages.
It’s getting dangerously phallic here. Let’s take a different direction: A sausage is like a dog. Kind of.
A dog is like a best friend.
A best friend is like a woolly jumper.
A woolly jumper is like a sheep.
A sheep is like a cloud.
A cloud is like candyfloss, etc.
It’s a great way to train your mind to see the connections between things. It also works excellently as a drinking game.
Thanks for watching, and good luck with your writing.
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