Make it crackle with sound

It’s called onomatopoeia and it’s words that bring sound to your stories.  Merriam-Webster defines it as 1) the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (buzz, hiss)  2) the use of words whose sound suggests the sense (hiccup).

Make a list of word sounds you like.  I’m toying with fizzle, sizzle, whack, howl, roar, swish, crunch, moan, piddle, thrum, hum, beep, flimflam. And make up your own words too.

Try enriching your next story with sound. Perhaps:

the rumbling purr of your zen cat

the pa-pa-tick-buummm of your conga drum

the splish splat of being rained upon

the wheezy whistle of the teapot

the infernal tick.   tock.   tick.   tock.  of that damn clock

It’s not as easy as it sounds but you’ll get the hang of it.

You might enjoy some of these other writing exercises too.

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Categories: writing exercises, writing tips

2 Comments on “Make it crackle with sound”

  1. lucewriter
    February 7, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Great title–so true!!!

    • February 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      You know how to make a girl’s day. :) Thanks for stopping by, Lucewriter.

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