Mining Your Surroundings

Published July 24, 2012 by Elsa Pla

The Simile

Today’s exercise is a simple and fun way to mine your surroundings for ideas.

First, a lovely and fitting quote by Ray Bradbury:

“Ideas lie everywhere, like apples falling and melting in the grass.”

Exercise: Take a moment to observe your surroundings. Write five unrelated sentences, each containing a creative simile inspired by your observations.

My attempt (I underlined the subject that inspired the simile):

1- The swarm of bees buzzed and circled like questions.

2- The black cat glared at me, her yellow-green eyes glowing like exit signs.

3- The wizard got up, his old bones creaking like a rocking chair.

4- The old woman was full of secrets like an ancient stoppered bottle.

5- Like a baby-blue blanket of velvety fleece, the summer sky stretched over the golden meadow.

I just love to play with words! Now you try it! 🙂


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