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Songwriting Without Boundaries by Pat Pattison

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CHALLENGE #2

METAPHOR

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.

—ORSON SCOTT CARD

Welcome to Challenge #2. After what you’ve just done, writing from your senses on who, what, where, and when, this challenge is a natural follow-up. All those specifics you learned to wade into can be even more interesting if they’re not only what they are, but become more than they are—they can transform or be transformed if they are seen through the lens of another idea. Added weight. Added meaning.

A metaphor is a collision between ideas, one idea crunched into another—which is itself a metaphor: Metaphors aren’t really collisions, unless you think of ideas as cars, and some of them running into each other, colliding. Then you can think ...

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