Can You Say It? Write It?

Hyperbole is a statement of exaggeration used for effect, to make a point, or show emphasis. 

It’s saying (or writing) things like: “I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse” or “Your luggage weighs a ton.” 

Hyperboles are used in stand-up routines, sitcoms, advertising, and all types of creative writing, including fiction.

Writers need to remember, however, that a little goes a long way when using this tool. In other words, the less often you use it, the more effective it will be. 

Stay away from hyperboles that are tired and overused. Instead, they should surprise and delight your readers.

The trick is to give them an original twist. It’s fun.

Try changing on of the examples (above) into one that is original and fresh. 


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