Onamonapia Sounds Off with Creativity
There’s a driving wind in Central Florida this morning, which brings onamonapia to mind. Dried magnolia leaves rustle down the street at my feet. And, the oncoming storm clouds create fear in the birds. Their chirps, tweets, and caws are only drowned out when I go inside after my walk. The house is sealed up in AC, which swooshes on to combat the humidity. All this activity reminds me that change is on its way as the storms roll through and plunge temps into seasonal ranges. We will shiver in our sweats come Sunday morning.
Imitation’s Charming Challenge
Writing with sound and its connotation works when used within reason. Too much splish-splash, swish-swash, or clink-clank takes writing to a comic level. Use it like black pepper – sparingly. It reminds me of word count and the proper length of an essay. My seventh grade language arts teacher, Miss Peggy Alexander, spoke often in illustrative terms. Not a Fort LeBoeuf Middle School alumni? Catch Miss Alexander’s recommendation here: https://wewriteitright.com/how-many-words/
Boom! Your Turn!
Take out a piece of paper and make a list of all of the words that imitate the sounds they make. Then, take a casual scan again above. The texts holds rustle, chirps, tweets, caws, swooshes, shiver, spish-splash, swish-swash, clink-clank. Finally, add a few of the words to a current writing piece to liven it up.
Here’s to growing your flow,