Reader Friday: Metaphor

William Carlos Williams

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
— William Carlos Williams

What metaphor would you choose to describe writing?

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20 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Metaphor

  1. Ack! It’s too early. Metaphor? That’s the one that redefines something, right? Similes are the ones with “like.” And what about idioms?
    Is it possible to have written over 20 books without grasping the definitions? I just write stuff down and hope it works.
    For me, writing means I don’t have to clean the toilets. And I’m a lot easier to get along with when I’m writing, even when the writing is hard. Maybe you can make that into a metaphor.
    Good morning … time to get the coffee.

  2. Writing is a scalawag. It be mischievous. It never meaneth to harm, but only wants to flit and fly among the neurons of your head. But, aye, lad, it can destroy your soul if you don’t stop and play with it.

  3. My biochemistry and medical background influence my metaphor:
    Writing is alchemy – an effort to transform words into story.
    The magical conversion of words on a page to story gold requires skill and processing in the most magical of laboratories – a readers mind.
    Tom Combs

  4. I think Robert Frost said it best when he wrote that a poem begins as a lump in the throat. All writing originates as a half-formed idea or feeling that torments you until you finish it and bring it into the world.

  5. Writing is a rocket ship to wonderland and the fast train to hell all at the same time.

  6. Writing is a rollercoaster with sudden ups, downs, loops, turns, anxiety, excitement, nausea. Need to think twice before you buy a ticket.

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