Everything’s a Metaphor—7 Ways to Build Meaning into Your Story

I should begin by clarifying what I mean by “metaphor.” I do not mean abstract symbolism that you force the reader to dig through, so that he can make-believe he understands what the story’s about, while looking down his nose at the Philistines in the audience. What I’m talking about is “show; don’t tell” metaphors. […]

Metaphor in Stories: the Lake, the Void, and the Skating Rink

Over the past weeks here in New England, we’ve been inundated with snow. And between snowstorms, the air turns bitterly cold, as sub-freezing air blasts down from Canada. For the privilege, I get to drag myself out of bed at an ungodly hour each morning and scrape the frost off the Saturn, with its broken […]