We know that using similes is a powerful tool in writing, but it's not just the act of thinking one up. A truly powerful simile or metaphor acts as an immediate image. A mood enhancer.
Here's the prologue opening of Higher Hope by Robert Whitlow.
"The afternoon thunderstorm thrashed Savannah with wet whips, the raindrops falling in waves that raced across the ground."
When I opened this book, the first half of that sentence leapt out at me. The verb matches the noun. It sets an immediate tone, I think.
Writers use imagery all the time, but does your simile match the mood of the scene? Does it evoke an image in a fresh way? I've heard of rain whipping through. But I've never read it described as a thrashing whip.
Off the top of your head, can you think of any images or similes authors have used that stuck with you long after you'd finished the book? When writing, do you use certain images/similes to convey a specific tone?