Hey Scribblers! Today we are going to take one of a writer's major tools out of the toolbox: the metaphor. but not just any metaphor: extended metaphor.
Extended Metapahor is when you establish a thematic metaphor and then use attributes and characteristics of it as reinforcing, secondary metaphors. I'll give you an example from a sermon of mine.. please consider it only in literary terms.
I considered the Church as a harbor, a safe place for boats.. a metaphor for people.. to find shelter from the storms on the sea of life.. another metaphor. but the harbor isn't safe without jetties.. and I used the metaphors of faith and fellowship. and they need to be tied together by a bridge.. I used the metaphor of missions.
the harbor must have a source of fresh water or marine borers will attack the ships and marine growth will clog the harbor. I used Love as the fresh water.. selfishness, greed, and lust as the marine borers.. and vanity and santicimoniousness as the marine growth.
I could take it further.. Scripture as a lighthouse, the Pastor as harbormaster.. but you get the idea.
Soooo... your challenge is to write something using extended metaphor. any length any genre.. and when you've posted copy your address bar and paste it here as a comment so we can all lavish metaphors on your work.
Write on Scribblers.. and make me proud!