Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, featuring Part 2 of the book: Body Parts. As last week’s post was shorter than usual, I hope to compensate with today’s one, which deals with what you can hear:
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Sound is a particularly evocative sense that can be used to bring any scene to life. For example, a single sentence like, “computers beeped, phones shrilled, and printers whirred” conveys all the bustle in a modern office.
- A shutter banged against the frame.
- A car door slammed.
- A dog howled in the distance.
- The motor stuttered and whined.
- The ceiling fan whirred.
- The rope clanked rhythmically against the flagpole.
- Computers beeped, phones shrilled, and printers whirred.
- Waves hissed against the shore.
- Waves thumped against the hull.
- Thunder rumbled.
- The wind whined.
- Rodent feet scurried.
- Water gurgled in the drainpipe.
- A dog barked in the distance.
On the farm, I heard…
- the whoosh of cars speeding by on the highway.
- the wind rustling through the leaves of trees.
- the crunch and crack of twigs and seeds fallen from the trees under foot.
- the sudden banging of a storm door.
- the screeching scrape of a tree branch on the metal of the barn.
- the clank on the chain on the gate.
- the hoot of a barn owl in some tree close by.
- the stomp of a horse’s hoof.
- the tinny thud of a metal feed door being nosed by a horse.
- the contented munch of a horse eating.
- the patter of feet across the metal roof of the barn [say by a squirrel or a rat].
- the whoosh of water into the bucket.
The wind carried the sounds of…
- the announcer’s voice for the junior high football game in a stadium close by.
- the roar of the crowd.
- the drumming of the band.
- a goat bleating next door.
- the rasping of metal on metal as a knife pulled clear of the block.
In the city, I heard…
- the whir of car tires on pavement.
- a short loud blast of a car horn.
- police sirens wailing at first near and then growing distant.
- car keys jangling in someone’s pocket.
- the drone of a jet passing low overhead.
- skipping shuffle of footsteps on sidewalk.
- a pedestrian coughing.
- the smack of skin against skin [someone being hit].
- the sudden yowl of a tom cat.
- laughter and fake screams from a throng of young people exiting a bar.
- the hiss of spray paint can in the hands of a graffiti artist.
- echoing footsteps in an alley.
- the rattle of trash can being knocked over, rolling.
- the clink of a piece of metal being kicked.
- a Harley rumbling to life.