Sketchnote Lesson: Metaphors

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Sketchnote Lessons

A fun way to build your visual vocabulary is to explore metaphors and clichés. While you should minimize the use of clichés in writing, they frequently show up in speech, and drawing them can make your sketchnotes more visually interesting.

Here’s a sampler of metaphors based on an exercise I did in the Rockstar Scribe class. Some of them didn’t resonate as much with me, so I replaced them with similar metaphors. For example, I don’t really use “against the tide” that much, so I drew a stick figure rolling a boulder up hill. If you play around with these ideas, I’m sure you can come up with even more!

Assorted metaphors

The Internet has lots of collections of cliches and figures of speech. ClicheSite has a searchable index. Metaphors.com focuses just on metaphors. There are plenty of ideas to practise with – Enjoy!

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  • Raymond Zeitler

    Thanks for the links to Metaphors and ClicheSite. I used to wonder what people were talking about when they’d tell me “That’s a red herring.” (Being observant and detail oriented, I’d heard that more than once!) But eventually I got the gist of it.

    Knowing what’s a cliche is a nice trick up the sleeve for writers. But I suppose there’s already an Emacs mode (ripe for picking) to highlight cliches in buffer content. :)

  • joker159

    I LOVE YOU SACHA !!

    THANKS YOU FOR ALL THIS SKETCHNOTE LESSON :)))))

    BIG KISS FROM FRANCE !! O·/

    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      Glad you like it. You might also enjoy Sketchnote Army – check it out!