Searching for a metaphor?

Take a sheet of 8.5 x 11 lined paper and fold it in half length-wise (that’s like a hotdog bun). Write your topic at the top of the page. Write as many nouns relating to your topic as you can, one on each line.

Then turn the folded paper over and write a list of topic related gerunds (verbs ending with ing) such that when you unfold the paper your two lists will be side by side. In addition to gerunds you can use nouns, adjectives, etc.

Unfold the paper and see what kind of combinations you’ve got. Many will be useless, but fool with them, reverse the order, tweak them and see if you don’t find one new way of saying something you’re trying to say about your topic.

Tip contributed by Dhruva


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