Monday, July 6, 2009
Sounds of Silence
After a recent discussion with fellow Bootcamper Jenn, I've been mulling over the use of sound in our writing.
It's important to remember to include mention of the senses in your writing: the smells, sounds, tastes, sights and tactile images need to be shown to the reader.
Characters going about their lives with no influence from sound will stand out to a reader. It's not natural.
But the inclusion of sound can be difficult. How do you describe some sounds? And how do you avoid the use of the same descriptive word, particularly when attributed to speech (eg grunt, snigger, sigh)?
Although sometimes I think the use of silence can be just as powerful as sound.
I thought it might be useful to point you to one site I have found helpful: The Bookshelf Muse (thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com) which regularly composes thesaurus entries, and one of the subheadings for each topic is sound (although a fantastic site when writing any descriptive passage).