How to Master simile, metaphor and figurative language.
You use simile and metaphor in your writing all the time. You probably use it without realizing. And you probably make all sorts of unconscious errors, even when you are trying to use imagery to best effect.
But even if you’re already a master of the well-chosen image, this course will take your use of imagery to a whole new level; using the principle of coherence, you will learn how imagery can be assembled and fine-tuned to provide instant immersion. To plunge readers deep into the world of your story, so they never want to leave, and will keep coming back for more. In other words, a mastery of imagery will help you sell more books.
Heart of Imagery is the decade I’ve spent teaching and learning from authors, compressed into a few powerful lessons.
In this course you will:
- acquire a working knowledge of the basics, and the terminology, of all types of figurative narration
- learn the three main ways that imagery is used, and how to use your understanding of the three ways to self-edit
- refresh and renew your understanding of simile and metaphor — and take it beyond what you learned at High School
- get to grips with Coherence through two different practical techniques that will change the way you think about imagery
Why you need coherence.
A quick overview of how the course is structured.
It will nevertheless make more sense if you watch the previous clip first.
Learn (or refresh your memory) about the various kinds of imagery, and the words used to describe them.
There are three different ways in which Imagery can be employed in writing. Do you know what they are and when to use which one?
Simile and Metaphor
This is the theory for the practical of Part Two; but the lesson begins with some essential information that you will be able to use when self-editing your own similes.
Some examples of how similes can go awry, and some guidelines for ensuring they never do.
I take my shirt off (don't worry, I have a t-shirt underneath) to give you a practical demonstration of the origins and mechanism of metaphor. After this lesson you will understand metaphor like never before, and your own ability to produce original metaphors will take off. Metaphorically speaking.
I trawled through my own archives (of both my own work, and that of my authors), and conducted some research into metaphors used by public figures, to find a few examples of the most egregious types of error. By studying where metaphors go wrong you will gain some insight into how they work, and how to get them right.
You will finally get the formal definition of coherence, so don't skip this lesson.
You will also learn the basics of building an Image Lexicon - the fastest and simplest way to ensure your imagery is coherent.
For a subtler, and more creative form of coherence, learn the principles of Portraiture.
Readers will marvel at the depth and intensity of your description, but the process will be more effectively masked from the reader.