REBLOG: The Sound of Silence

I’ve been rambling about the craft over at OMAM. How do you like the new design?

Of Metal and Magic Publishing

Utilizing sensory details is a critical part of good writing. Tapping into the five senses allows a reader to go beyond just visualizing the scene to the point of feeling it for themselves. But of the five, sound is probably one of the hardest to convey.

You can get by sometimes withonomatopoeia. Providing details of what is making the sound can create subtle differences–the light clang of steel vs. the heavy clang of iron. Changing the sound word a slight bit can also do the same–the thunk of light wood vs the thud of weighted-down wood or barrels. More often than not, I find myself resorting to similes to describe certain sounds, e.g, a metal scratch like the wail of the damned.

I’ve always felt that Terry Pratchett had a wonderful sense of sound, and more significantly, a peerless skill at delivering that sense to the reader. Take these…

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