One of the most well known metaphors in literature comes from William Shakespeare, \u201cAll the world\u2019s a stage, and all the men and women merely players...\u201d This is a metaphor because the world is not actually a stage, but it is being compared to one. It implies that life is like a play on stage and we are all merely actors playing out different scenes. Shakespeare is well known for using metaphors in his works to invoke thoughts and feelings in a reader\u2019s mind and allow them to understand the depth of the image he is trying to express.\u00a0A metaphor compares two different things and implies it has similar characteristics. It essentially describes one object as another even though they are different.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe metaphor works its way into just about any piece of life-changing writing.Image Credit: Chris Shutterhacks, Creative Commons.\r\n\r\nMetaphors can convey meaning and conjure up images, thoughts and feelings in a reader\u2019s mind with just a few simple words. Sometimes instead of using a few sentences or a paragraph to describe something, a metaphor can provide a stronger description with a lasting impact. This also allows the reader to use their imagination and interpretation and become more engaged in your writing. A metaphor can be used to set a scene, express a mood or even just to get straight to the point and not lose a reader in a paragraph of descriptions when a simple metaphor can show the reader so much more.\r\n\r\nA metaphor is a tool to be used when you want a particular part of your writing to stand out. Metaphors shouldn\u2019t be used just for the sake of it otherwise it might seem forced and will fail to convey the description as strongly or in the best way. It can also add an element of drama. Most people use metaphors in everyday life and a lot of times we don\u2019t even notice it because it has become part of our vocabulary. Some examples of common ones we use are \u201cthe time flew\u201d, \u201cthe ball is in your court\u201d and \u201cmy heart is broken\u201d.\u00a0 These metaphors have become so common that they are clich\u00e9s, yet we still use them. Why do we use these metaphors in our conversations? The same reason that writers use them, to express a thought, an emotion through a strong description to help people understand the gravity of our situation.\r\n\r\nThere is no need to use already existing metaphors. Overused metaphors lose their intended effect as they no longer require the use of imagination. The use of original metaphors will add strength to your writing and readers will appreciate the move away from outdated and overused metaphors. One of the greatest abilities a writer has is to express their message through memorable, convincing writing. The use of a creative literary device such as a metaphor allows a writer to leave an impact through their writing. When used effectively, the metaphor has the potential to change everything and inspire creativity in the reader\u2019s mind.