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Common mistakes I see
- Spelling stuff out for us: Give the reader some credit, guys!
- Total randomness: We don't get it.
- No joke set up: You have to have some serious parts to get the set up to the joke.
- Too realistic: If you're writing about how hard it is to raise a baby, for instance, normal hyperbole won't work. You're going to have to go way off the deep end.
- HYPERBOLE: A lot of authors, like me, go overboard to make something funny (Traditional Values)
- WITTY OBSERVATIONS: You could, like Jerry Seinfeld, just make witty observations for a whole article. Don't do this with hyperbole, it's too confusing: choose one or the other.
edit Prose and Formatting
- Repetitive words: Use a thesaurus, people.
- Redundancy: AH! Not the same! "Celebratory party" is an example.
- Unnecessary words: When you tell me something happened, then you tell me something else happened because of that, don't repeat yourself by saying "X happened. Then Y happened because of X."
- Don't use overused images. Please.
- You don't need to have a hilarious caption, but it helps.
- Right aligned, please. It's easier to read the stuff around it when you set it up logically like that.
edit Alternate Namespaces
- Give a reason Why is this a "why?" or a "howto" as opposed to just a plain old article? Unless the humor is amazing, a straight encyclopedic style trumps a first-person style or didactic tone.
- How did it happen?
- Why should we care?
- What is going to be done?
- What's happening now with the issue?
- Remember to take out ALL opinion, that includes almost all adjectives.
- UnNews is the perfect namespace for hyperbole. No, not the user. It's the place for going overboard.
- No first person voice. Seriously.