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A writing insight

Before using a simile in persuasive writing, think of a story about only the object of the simile, such that the narrative makes the subject of the simile self-evident. Like a fable.

Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.

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q_pheevr
Mar. 14th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
...and truth is also stranger than non-fiction, for the same reason.
maradydd
Mar. 14th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
Right; I find, though, that trying to recast the point I'm trying to make through a fictional narrative is a useful intuition guide for whether the simile is going to work in a nonfictional framing.
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