Anyone else find metaphors hard?
So much of literariness seems to live in these kinds of patterns and devices.
I think metaphors are great for alerting readers to subtext. It seems like one of the more democratic devices. Although I think I’m not supposed to worry about this in such a mechanical way, it seems somehow fair to me.
My tutor says she writes only for herself and doesn’t think about her audience. I suppose I am writing for myself, or someone like me, as so many texts baffle me and seem to be about something that they’re not sharing, or to which I don’t have access. I don’t want to write like that.
Taken to an extreme, this is an argument for subtitles or little explanatory essays, which actually might make an interesting or amusing form, although, I don’ t think it’s a form I’ll be trying soon.
Chapter 5, in which the writer uses stichomythia and prolepsis to generate energy and intrigue in the brain of the reader. Oh, and look out for the protagonist’s peripataeic question about chairs.
I suppose I just feel I want to give my readers a chance, to include them. Perhaps I just want them to like me, which would be very unhealthy; or to get that I can do ‘literariness’, also bad, a form of showing off. I hope not.
I think I just want to try out some of these new things I have learnt about and see if I am right about literariness being a form of patterned embellishment.
Meantime I’m trying to devise a formula for metaphors. Surely there must be a website out there?