Descriptive Writing Skills
- A simile is a figure of speech that is used to compare two things or feelings or actions.
- A comparison is used to describe two different things. Similes use the word ‘as’ or ‘like’.
- Its aim is to describe one thing by comparing it to another thing that is apparently unrelated.
- She is as busy as a bee.
In the above example, one is a human and the other is an insect.
- He runs like a cheetah.
In the above example, one is a human, and the other is a feline animal.
Common Similes using ‘as’
Let us have a look at a list of common similes ‘ as something as something else’ to show a comparison.
|as black as coal||as blind as a bat|
|as brave as a lion||as clear as mud|
|as clear as crystal||as cunning as a fox|
|as cool as a cucumber||as cold as ice|
|as deaf as a post||as easy as ABC|
|as flat as a pancake||as fresh as a daisy|
|as gentle as a lamb||as helpless as a baby|
|as hungry as a bear||as light as a feather|
|as proud as a peacock||as playful as a kitten|
|as quick as lightning||as silent as the grave|
Common Similes Using ‘Like’
Let us have a look at similes that make comparisons using ‘something like something else’.
|sing like an angel||eat like a bird|
|fight like cats and dogs||soar like an eagle|
|swim like a fish||sleep like a log|
|smell like a rose||eat like a pig|
|shine like the stars||explode like a volcano|
|shine like diamonds||slept like a baby|
|sweet like sugar||strong like a raging bull|
|soft like a lamb||have eyes like a hawk|
|race like a scared bunny||work like a dream|
How to Write a Simile?
- Think of an object or a person and what you want to say about it. Do you want to say that something is huge, beautiful, or some quality for which you don’t have a describing word?
- Think of the things that display similar or the same characteristics. Combine it by saying that the first thing is “like” the second thing.
- If you want to emphasize a certain aspect, then you say the first thing is ‘as’ the second thing. For example, as beautiful, as smart, as ugly, etc.
- A simile is used to give a picture in the reader’s mind about a situation or a character. Ensure that it is a rich image.
- They fight like cats and dogs.
- The dress looks as bright as the sun.
Similes are not always formed by ‘like’ or ‘as’. There are some similes
with adverbs like ‘than’ and ‘as if’. For instance:
- She was crying as if she was mad.
- His grandfather is older than the hills.
- In case of the ‘as’ pattern, the first as can be skipped.
Her hair is smooth as silk.