Writing Tip #47: Use Hyperbole Cautiously and Intentionally

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Brian's Writing Tip #47: Use hyperbole cautiously and intentionally.

I’m reluctant to advise using hyperbole at all, since it is the most abused of all figures of speech among casual writers and speakers. When creative exaggeration is called for, be clear that you are being hyperbolic. Exaggerate so that it’s clear you are exaggerating – the worst error is to cause your reader to take your hyperbole literally.  Keep it in the realm of fiction and creative writing; avoid hyperbole when making a logical argument. And guard against unintentional hyperbole. Calling something the best or the worst or awesome or miserable when it is merely good or bad will cause your reader to question your judgment.

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