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Shomenuchi Iriminage: dropping a 500lbs rock, picking it up, dropping it again.
On second thought, didn't work too well with a stiff uke.
Another analogy: extend to uke's outside, and move uke at points which are close to the extremes of the "radius" of his sphere of power.
This is the easiest way to move a stiff uke.
First meet uke's strike and redirect it with minimal conflict ikkyo-wise, not quite directly into him but more around of his power... while also turning tenkan, and continue extending uke in a circular motion, down, then smoothly leading the motion from down to up, and around his neck, pick up uke's chin, and send energy into ground/sky/wall behind uke.
Always move in a way so that energy continues to flow. Don't start thinking about angles and forms.
(This one used to work for a while, but then stopped because I forgot other less abstract principles, such as ...)
A certain amount of power is needed to keep uke extended at all times.
The last part of the throw is unimportant. Being able to get to that point is where I screw up the most.
I should NEVER try to imitate a Sensei.
Instead, recognize what they're doing, and recall or find a way of doing it with my own body.