Monday, January 31, 2011

Character Comparisons

Using comparisons in illustrating characters can be very effective. Check out these various ways of describing characters.

1a. He was graceful.

1b. He moved as fluidly as Michael Jordon executing a perfect layup.

2a. The room smelled horrible.

2b. Even skunk odor would be an improvement over the smell in that room.

3a. Ellen was the smartest woman in her class.

3b. Ellen could give science lessons to Einstein.

4a. Fred was too handsome to be a Fred.

4b. Cary Grant, Brad Pitt, Adonis, Apollo--every one of them would envy Fred's classic good looks.

5a. Fido was the ugliest dog I've ever seen.

5b. Fido's looks would be standard fare if he were a bulldog, but he was a French poodle.

Using a comparison in describing a character adds punch and style to a story.

Have a great week!


Fran Shaff, Award-Winning Author

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