Hyperbole #atozchallenge

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.

Some people fling the word around with abandon, drowning their audience in the excess. Others speak and write with such brevity they leave the audience parched.
The art of fiction writing is some where in between. When an author gets too verbose and flamboyant in their prose the core of their story gets buried. On the other hand, too little padded leaves the story skeletal.
How do you solve this dilemma?
  • 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.

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2 comments

  • I love the graphic – can’t wait to share it with my daughter. She and I both love to giggle about hyperbole in all its melodramatic costumes. I like the concept of a “non yes person friend” to read for you. Excellent suggestion.

    I’m so glad to stop in – this is my first visit & I’m glad to be here!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

    • Julie, I’m so glad you stopped by. Finding that person who will give you good feedback is a challenge. They are out there. 🙂

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