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Why was that? Can you recall incidents that explain why? Has this preference stayed with you, carrying the past into the present? Write a piece of prose in which you visit a place with the express intent of reliving some past event. Perhaps it is a corn field where you always walked with your grandfather. Or maybe it's the barn where you were kissed for the first time. THE WORKSHOP WAY • 33 Describe the atmosphere in a house from two points of view, happy and sad. Think of an incident from your past whereby another member of the family creates a drama.
For an excellent discussion of metaphor read Nigel Lewis' book The Book of Babel. The word means to transform and is at the heart of language. When the Anglo-Saxons called the sea the' swan's road', they were using metaphor, comparing one thing with another and creating a new image. Norwegians called the sea 'blue moor', the Icelanders, the 'whale's way'. They were high on metaphor just like the early explorers, who described sea-horses, duck-billed platypuses, hog's back hills and El Dorado, the land of gold.
I 38 THE CREATIVE WRITING HANDBOOK • Write an opening paragraph of ten lines in the first person narrative. Now write a second paragraph continuing the story, still using 'I' but with a different voice, making it seem as though someone else is now telling the story. • Take two pens which each have a different colour of ink. Write a three-line paragraph opening a story with one of the pens. Now pick up the other pen and write a second paragraph in some way denying or contradicting the first. If you have a computer use different fonts.