Getting concrete with literally vs. figuratively

Ever get a feeling when hearing these two words that you don’t quite know what one means?

“Literal” means you’re saying exactly what happened. “Figurative” means you’re speaking metaphorically.

So, during a headache, one’s head “figuratively explodes” not “literally explodes.”


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.