We checked, and we're pleased that our one and only bit of advice to writers is a Googlewhack. The only other person to have said this is the poet Eric Pankey, in The Journal of the Virginia Writing Project
(Winter 2004): "Change all similes to metaphors
." A simile, with that pesky word "like," "draws attention to itself as a simile" (which we ourselves say but which we found quoted elsewhere because things sound better when others say them, such as John Bird in Mark Twain and Metaphor
, 2007, or, perhaps even better, S. J. Harrison in "Meta-Imagery: Some Self-Reflexive Similes in Latin Epic": "[a simile] draws attention to its own formal status as a comparison").