Walking in my backyard is like writing a novel without an outline. My yard is a jungle.
The first sentence of this post is a simile. The second sentence is a metaphor. Though both compare two things, a simile uses the word “like” or “as” to show similarity. Metaphors speak of two things as if they are the same, without the use of like or as to clarify the meaning. These are two examples of figurative speech. They’re used to show an idea, person, or object in a new way, and are not to be viewed as literal comparisons.
Unfortunately, the statement in the first sentence is also very close to the truth. Next week I’ll go over the pros and cons of outlining, and show you more pictures of my yard.