On Exaggeration

A Row of Trees

Most of life is so dull that there is noth­ing to be said about it, and the books and talks that would describe it as inter­est­ing are oblig­ed to exag­ger­ate, in the hope of jus­ti­fy­ing their own exis­tence.” –E.M. Forster

I came across the above quote a cou­ple of days ago. Not sure what I was search­ing for when I found it but it made me think of blog­ging for some rea­sons. The most inter­est­ing blogs I’ve ever come across are the ones with exag­ger­at­ed sto­ries, so much so that it’s hilar­i­ous. Case in point, Hyper­bole and a Half. Though the sil­ly (but awe­some) draw­ings also help.

Some­times I won­der what my blog posts would be like if I exag­ger­at­ed my sto­ries. Prob­a­bly wouldn’t be all that more inter­est­ing. Let’s see: I cro­cheted a toque for myself a cou­ple of days ago using this yarn that’s so thick and fluffy. It took me long hours and a lot of per­se­ver­ance and my fin­gers are numb still but it’s the bestest toque I’ve ever had!!! Um, yeah. Doesn’t help any. I can’t draw either. Le sigh. But it is a true sto­ry. Except for the numb fin­gers part. But I was try­ing to exag­ger­ate. So there.

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  1. You don’t find it dif­fi­cult to write with­out exag­ger­a­tion, even a lit­tle bit? To me, just the use of a verb or an expres­sion (smellled like a rose) is in itself exag­ger­a­tion. Writ­ing is always real­i­ty once removed.

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