A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes something by saying it is something else. (“His eyes were brown stones.”) A simile is a figure of speech that includes the words “like” or “as.” (She was as tired as an accountant on April 16.)
1. His relationship was a sinking boat. (metaphor)
His relationship felt like a sinking boat. (simile)
2. Chocolate was her only friend. (metaphor)
To her, chocolate was as comforting as a best friend. (simile)
3. Her voice was fingernails on a chalkboard. (metaphor)
Her voice sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. (simile)
Writing prompt: Use a metaphor or simile to describe your job or home. Is your job an anchor? Does your house or apartment feel like a warm cave?