How To Write Sound Effects In An Essay

Understanding the Concept of Sound Writing

Article Contents

  • Sounds are Descriptive Details
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Tips for the Beginners
  • Importance of Sounds While Writing Stories
  • Integrating Music Sounds in Writing Stories
  • Scary Sound Expressions
  • Funny Sound Expressions
  • Other Examples of Sound Effects in Stories
  • Sound Writing resources on the Web

Sounds are descriptive details which are incorporated in creative writing while penning down stories in order to demonstrate the effect which is much closer to reality.

In order to write sound effects for a particular occurrence there exist a specific set of words and to master yourself in creative writing you can start learning these.


Onomatopoeia refers to the replication of the sounds that is being described when writing stories. Some common places where you will come across onomatopoeia will be when reading animal noises in your writings.

It should be no surprise that people living in different countries relate the sounds of animals differently. What you need to do is a bit research while integrating sounds in your stories. Note which audience you are writing for and the location of your stories. Only then you can write the most appropriate sounds. For instance, people in U.S describe a rooster’s sound as “cock-a-doodle-do”. On the contrary, people in U.K call it as “coo-coo-ri-coo”.

Such differences may arise and one needs to be aware of variety of sounds used in stories before putting them into stories.

Writing Tips for Beginners

Find a place that is peaceful so that you can have your complete concentration on the music. With a music CD still on, you can choose the song which has a meaning to your life or your stories in general. Identify the features which have made the particular music unique. This way you can get hold of the essence of the sounds in the passages of the stories you are writing about.

Importance of Sounds While Writing Stories

Sounds are one of the sensory activities which is based on the imaginations and experiences of an individual. To give a concrete and credible effect to your writing, sounds are incorporated which will help the reader to transfer himself/herself into another world of the scene described while writing stories.

To understand the importance of sounds when writing stories, it is seen as more than words on a plain page. Those words in the shape of sounds in the stories start banging in your head and help in maintaining the focus in the stories. Not just the sounds, the sense of touch, hear and taste becomes alert too.

Integrating Musical Sounds in Writing Stories

Music effect while writing stories arouses emotion in people. Like we observe in movies, the sounds of music in the background helps in reducing barriers between the two people, brings passion and most of all soothes out any situation at all.

Writers who are integrating sounds in their stories can imitate such observational sounds as a particular song will reflect the genre and the era when the stories were written. For example “drint” is the sound which comes from a bass guitar.

Scary Sound Expressions

Hiss is a sound which is produced by snakes when they are scared or just angry about something.

Animated Sound Expressions

  • Jar is the sound of guns that is produced with a fire.
  • Kaboom is the sound of an explosion.
  • Mwahaha is a common sound expression used among the youngsters to show an evil laugh.

Funny Sound Expressions

  • Heh, heh is used when you want to show someone laughing but quietly.
  • Har, har is a laugh that is sarcastic in nature still meaning to say very funny.

Other Examples of Sound Effects in Stories

Some examples of sound effects are as following:

  • The right sound effect for describing rain in stories is “drip drop”
  • Railroad track near the busy city will be “choo choo, chuga-chuga chug”
  • Clock at midnight goes like “tick tock”

Resource Websites for Further Research on Sounds

Writing stories can be fun and including sounds can become an easy task if enough research is done in advance.

The following websites can be used if you are not sure about a certain sound while writing stories. This website will give an elaborate idea about a variety of sounds as you can incorporate them whenever you are writing stories from now on.

I know it's been a while, but, you know…it's golf season! I've been out a lot, and will be even more in the future, so pleeeeaseee don't be mad at my chapter interval length. I'm sorry…but golf is so fun! Anyway, here's chapter four, from a suggestion by Moonstorm101:


Sound Effects

What's a fight without sound effects, right? Well, a fight could work without sound effects, actually, so think of this as icing on the cake. Or float on the root beer.

Now, the #1 problem with sound effects is that juggernaut: finding the right one. Sometimes, imagining it in your head just isn't enough.

So, how to?

The synonym option can be used on some. Pretty much 'bang' or 'clang'. But other than that, it's all sounding out.

Also, all separate sound effects are in italics. While the majority are used with exclamation marks, it's not always applicable. Like, if you dropped a pin on linoleum. Just a period. Or a clock ticking and tocking.

Everything has different sounds.

Metal on metal is a pretty easy one. If it's a swordfight, it'll be something like:





Metal on Wood



Tick! (like an arrow sticking into wood)




Bang! (a bit weak…)

Crack! (often used as a regular word: The crack of the rifle…)

Pop! (cork gun?)

Tsew! (silencer)


Wood on Wood




Powers (magical, superhero, etc.)


Tsew! (laser)

Whumpf! (inward explosion)

These are properly used as a break in a paragraph. E.g.:

He raised his firearm with authority, laser sight painting a red dot on my chest. His finger was on the trigger—

Bam! ----------(uh, it's an arrow...kind of...more like an arrow's simple cousin)

I reeled back, chest attaining its very own scarlet shade as the laser sight was clicked off.

Another strategy for sound effects is to not even use the sound as a regular word. See below:

The crack of the rifle.

The thud of his foot.

The sound of the explosion.

'Crack', 'thud', and 'sound' were the sound effects without their italicized form. It can work just fine and is used as often as the paragraph breaker. However rarely, it is also feasible to use an italicized word in a paragraph:

The ting! of the triangle.

Just fine.

I hope this helped. I believe the next chapter will be on my personal favorite, the Blood-Rush Theory.

Review Responses

firebenderZula: Always love to hear that this helped someone! Thank you!

Moonstorm101: Yes, you're a splurge machine! And thanks a ton for the request—truthfully, I was getting sort of stuck on topics…gracias!

Genesis Rose: Ooh, can't wait to see a big fight scene in TRENCH. I really hope this can influence it in a positive way!

Burnt Bread: Computers are 99 percentevil, 1 percentraw materials. Grr. Thanks. I tried to make this educational and somewhat funny…hope it's working. I may check out Jave. Love Smoke and Mirrors, keep it coming!

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