I came across a metaphor last night that prompted me to write this post. McCarthy was describing the dead trees. “the thin black trees burning on the slopes like stands of heathen candles.”
What a picture that creates! The thing that makes McCarthy’s passage great is the fact that he describes something in a way no one else could. That is the sign of true creative writing talent, the ability to convey a message in a way that is unique and not cliche. Think about it. The greatest writing is that which makes us see things in a new way, a way we’ve never considered.