07 December 2012

Life Metaphors - An Exercise

Here's a writing exercise I read about in The Five-Minute Writer by Margret Geraghty, which I absolutely loved! I can't tell you enough how much this exercise will get your creative minds turning out some really great ideas for metaphors. You’ll have to try it out yourself.

Step 1 - Ms. Geraghty asks that you make a list of five concrete nouns. Mine are: tire, snake, shoe, dinner plate, and penis (just for giggles).

Just so you know, I chose my nouns prior to reading step two.

Step 2 - Ms. Geraghty asks that you make your metaphors starting out with the following three words:

Life is like...

Here are my creative metaphors. I hope you try the exercise for yourself.

Life is like a tire: It is resilient, made to bounce back from rugged terrain. It comes full circle and guides us along a path of ups and downs, all the way to our final destination.

Life is like a snake: Left alone in its own path, it is graceful and self-sufficient. But if you mess with it, the unexpected viciousness with which it may strike back could leave behind dire consequences.

Life is like a shoe: There are many different kinds, but in the end, they all wind up in the same place.

Life is like a dinner plate: It presents to you opportunities at regular intervals, but be careful what you accept and be wary of the chef.

Life is like a penis: It grows and stretches the limits of existence until it reaches a peak, then it slowly declines until we're left with a wrinkled, old vessel.

Feel free to share yours in the comments! I’d love to read what you’ve come up with.


  1. You are incredible Diane. I love the way your mind works. You should write poetry too. BTW, love the cover of your newest story! Congrats.

    1. Aw, thank you, Eve! I was so incredibly please with how the penis one came out. It was freakishly unexpected. LOL


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    1. It is kind of gross, too, but funny! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. These are amazing. That last one was hilarious. Made my day.

  4. What an awesome exercise! Love it--and your answers :)

    1. Thanks randi! Glad you liked them. Where's yours? :)

  5. This is an interesting exercise! Thanks for sharing. I'll try one.

    Life is like a river: it continues flowing whether you are aware or not.

    Life is like rocky road ice cream: it is sweet and delicious with occasional bumps along the way.

    1. Lena, does Rocky Road ice cream have nuts in it too? I run into an occassional bump but a lot if nuts!! :D

      Thanks for sharing your own fun metaphors!

  6. I love your writing! I have a terrible habit of talking in cliches and so need help to be original when I'm writing. This is a great technique to create new ways of looking at things. I'm going to have to try it out!

  7. Life is like a pot hole - you're driving along enjoying the scenery and BAM your front end alignment is shot!

  8. Really wondered where you would go with the last one.

    Life is like Life. Even Mikey likes it.

    1. No, no! It was, "Give it to Mikey, he'll eat anything!"


      Haha, I'm such an instigator!

  9. Ha, I love it! I'm bookmarking this page for later. :)

  10. I'm falling about laughing at the last one....


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