hy·per·bo·le [hahy-pur-buh-lee] noun Rhetoric .
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”
Hyperbole is a satisfying word to say. It is one of those words that uses the mouth like an organ.
- Write the story then put it in away for a couple of weeks. Your inner editor should be able to help pare it down or dress it up.
- Let a trusted, non-yes person friend read it and give you feedback.
- Rewrite, rework, repeat.
Hyperbole has a place in writing. But, it should be used with a deft hand.