Monday, August 22, 2011

Like a Pumpkin Seed Caught Between Your Eyelashes

One of my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE things about writing fiction - and particularly romantic comedies - is that I get to make up all kinds of new analogies.

Anytime I'm sitting down to write, whether it's a blog or novel, I try my absolute hardest to not say analogies that have already been said once or three million times. A word of warning - you can over-do unique analogies, but a few perfectly placed sayings can take your book to a whole new level. And new levels are great for catching editor's eyes.

Here's a few common cliches for example:

I love him like I've never loved anyone else.

It itched like ants in the pants.

I stuck out like a sore thumb.

He looked healthier than a horse.

Instead, why don't you try something else a little more...unique?

I love him more than a midget loves to limbo.

It itched like a dandruff-stricken measles patient.

I stuck out like a pink, inflatable elephant at a wedding reception.

He looked about as healthy as the tomatoes in my Gran's fridge. And Gran always kept the best-looking tomatoes in her fridge.

Now it's your turn! Here's a few common cliches - how could you rewrite them to sound more eye-catching?

1. Don't be such a stick in the mud!

2. We feel like we're meant to be.

3. He was going to be toast.

4. There are lots of fish in the sea.

Have fun!


  1. Stop twirling your big toe in the muck.

  2. Cute, Ladonna! lol Love your elephant, Erynn :)

    Plenty of fish in the sea =
    There was more than one cookie in my lunchbox.

  3. A pumpkin seed in your eyelashes would be really annoying! Lol

    He was going to be toast:
    He was popped like popcorn

  4. You could keep a notebook of these!

    Tangled like hair in a brush curler

    Like waiting for the last drop of ranch to drip from the bottle

    I thought it was funny when Paula Deen said "sweating like a fat girl writing her first love letter"

    And sometimes when my dad is going to say something a person won't like he says "I'm gonna call the baby ugly"

  5. Those are SO great!!

    Tonya, I am DYING over Paula Deen's saying! I totally want to grow up to be her. And your dad is hilarious too!