S is for Sound
How do you engage audio learners in your story? Many readers are visual
people. They like to see things, and thus enjoy reading. (Which, by the
way, I am a visual!) Audio people enjoy books on tape, music, and all
things connected to the ears!
In order to draw your reader into the world you created on the written
page, it is most imperative you entice them with their senses.
Engagement of your readers happens with sound words. This is otherwise
none as onomatopoeia: words that sound like are written. Please include
words with flavor, resonance, texture, aromas, and pictures in the
mind. Your readers will come back again and again when they know they
can step into your world and feel as though they are actually living in
the pages of your book.
Call out to your readers who love sounds in a way they can relate!
Here is a wonderful list of sound words for inspiration:
clink, clang, clatter
boom, burst, explode
crunch, crackle, crinkle
gurgle, garbled, groan
murmur, cooed, whispered
plunk, splash, dripped
sizzle, splatter, splat
rumble, rick-a-shay, echoed
rattle, bang, creaked
whiz, whee!, whoa
thud, ker-plunk, drizzle
zing, zip, zoomed
Do you struggle with sound words? Or do you have some favorite sound words you'd like to share?