I'm trying to express the idea of a character undergoing a realisation, thus feeling an idea along the lines of a "fire being ignited inside of him".

However, I was wondering, are there any better ways to express this? (I feel like the fire metaphor is slightly overused)

Thanks in advance :)

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    I'm not sure what the question is here. Were a character realizing something, I would normally say -- if I were being metaphorical -- something to effect of "it dawned on him." This might, in turn, light a fire inside him, but that would mean it inspired him to act.
    – Mary
    May 27, 2020 at 14:11
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    Is there a reason why "He realized..." isn't working for you? May 27, 2020 at 18:40

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This depends on what the realisation causes him to do.

1. If the realisation causes him to do something, you could describe the metaphor as:

"The realisation pushed him to act, a spur on his legs"

"The realisation spread through his body turning the keys of his body sending him into a frenzy of motion"

2. If the realisation causes him to have an emotional change, you could describe this as:

"The realisation created a pause, a hidden tension rushing out of his body, water down the tap

"A scream of anguish ripped the air, as a poison, slowly eating away at his heart, released."

3. If the realisation causes him to know something, e.g. a scientific secret, the metaphor could be:

"The realisation hit him, he became Archimedes in his bathtub, for a second."

"The idea spread through his body, over his tongue, and he tasted it, a soft, caramel flavour"


This one is not much different, but I might write, "[Some thing or event] ignited in him a burning desire."

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