This one is a gem. Brilliant tips of figure of speech by How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey
Don’t use the oldies but goodies:
- blind as a bat/eats like a horse/dead as a doornail/a cold fish/cool as a cucumber/tight as a Scotsman/right as rain/flies off the handle/crying over spilt milk/a sea of faces.
Don’t use similes in a long string:
- She was tall, like a telephone pole; and she was thin, like a reed; and her skin was soft, like velvet; her eyes,blue as the Pacific.
Don’t mix your metaphors:
- He liked to bury his head in the sand and keep his light hidden under a bushel.