Let me guess.
You just woke up sweating in the middle of the night, thinking, “Aaagh! If I don’t find out what hyperbole means right now, the world is doomed!”
And you leapt out of bed, rushed to your computer and scrabbled frantically at the keyboard.
Well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration.
But occasionally, while you’re reading in bed, you’ve come across the word and thought, ‘Hyperbole? I’m pretty sure it’s something to do with exaggeration. But I’m trying to develop my creative writing: I must look it up some time.’
Here’s everything you need to know about using hyperbole for your creative writing, with lots of examples of the different types:
It’s a long old slog, isn’t it?
Writing your novel, I mean.
You’ve been writing for months, but you’re still nowhere near finishing.
And now you’re starting to lose impetus. What’s the point of all this work if no one’s ever gonna read it?
You need some feedback on your writing.
OK, you’d really like a bit of praise to encourage you to carry on, but that’s not the only thing. You’re worried that your novel is going in the wrong direction, or your characters are cliched…
Or is the whole thing just total rubbish and you should quit trying to write a novel and take up the banjo instead?
You’d just like to get a few opinions on your book before you go any further.
And then you get this great idea.
Why shouldn’t you publish your book, chapter by chapter, on your blog?
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You’re stuck for blog post ideas.
Everyone else seems to be blogging their socks off, but you can’t think what to write about.
You’ve tried other lists of advice, and they say things like ‘try writing list posts’ or ‘create a regular weekly post’. Maybe, but what about?
Don’t despair – and don’t give up on writing your blog just yet. We’re here to help.
Try these brilliantly easy ways to generate ideas for your blog:
If your New Year’s Resolution is to do more writing, but you don’t know where to start, our January Writing Prompts will give you two writing ideas to challenge yourself every day for a month.
If you haven’t tried them before, read this guide first.
Try giving yourself around ten minutes for the first idea and twenty minutes for the second one. Having fun with these writing prompts? Please share them with a friend!
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I opened the door to my life Cautiously Just a little bit You put your foot in the crack Forced it wider Swaggered in uninvited and sat on my sofa You chattered... Read More
Love without hope, as when the young bird-catcher Swept off his tall hat to the Squire’s own daughter, So let the imprisoned larks escape and fly Singing around... Read More
Angel costume, stained with red wine Badge of allegiance to a side I never joined Clown’s false smile, outlined in scarlet Dancing shoes to dodge the coming blow... Read More
Starving for delicious writing ideas?
Maybe it’s time to cook up some Inspiration Stew in your kitchen.
Whether you’re struggling with writer’s block, want to liven up the next scene in your novel or just fancy trying something else for a change, you’ll be surprised at what a feast of ideas for writing you’ll find lurking in your cupboards!