During the filming of Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock sat with his eyes closed next to a produce laden table. He had his sound man stab the different fruits and veggies with the same knife used in the shower scene until he heard exactly what he believed it would sound like to stab a body – a ten inch chef's knife and a casaba melon. In a recent rewrite (posted in the workshop), I tried to imagine what it would sound like for a structural facial transformation akin to a werewolf transformation. Walnuts being cracked in an old man's hand – good bone breaking sound, needs to be wetter for flesh ripping. Pulling the membrane off the underside of a slab of ribs? Good sound, but how many people could imagine this sound. Ultimately, I decided on the sound of shucking corn. To me, it had enough qualities of splintering bone and the wetness of tearing flesh. But what about the reader? I come from a place where shucking corn is common and many people could relate the sounds, not the concrete jungles. How 'common' should similes and metaphors be? Do you enjoy reading unique comparisons that give the author his voice, or would you rather just get it?