Ginger, Ginger, Ginger

Even the most experienced writers don’t get it but what William F Buckley and George Orwell point pointed out time and again is that if you have to explain a metaphor, simile or analogy – don’t use it, don’t use it, don’t use it, don’t use it.  It takes all the “ginger” out.  And always, always, always, always makes the sentence less powerful

For example see these two sentences written by a William Thomas in an article about what a wonderful guy Obama is:

As history has proven, a president in a theater without adequate security is a tragically bad idea. (Remember: “Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”)

Now read the first one alone:

As history has proven, a president in a theater without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.