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Mimic sounds to appeal to sense of hearing

As appealing Bee-in-the-approach-209145_1920to a sense of hearing when writing, you may want to include the sound itself. For example, if describing the sounds of insect-like aliens in the distance as writing a science fiction novel, you might write something like The buzzing grew larger.

Buzzing is an example of onomatopoeia, or a word that imitates the sound it represents. Other examples of onomatopoeia include: clang, kerplunk, pow, purr, splash.

Using onomatopoeia creates “imitative harmony” in your story, enhancing the reader’s sense of being there, experiencing the events. To achieve this, you must ensure that the word accurately mimics the sound and doesn’t instead come off as campy.

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