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Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Writing Fiction | 1 comment

Overkill: how to use hyperbole in creative writing

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:

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