This writing method will make your readers fall in love together with your sentences
Two of the most important skills that you as a writer should focus on are telling a working story and developing compelling characters. But once you've figured that out, aren't there other, perhaps more subtle, writing techniques that attract readers and make stories shine?
There are. And one of these writing techniques is called euphonics. Rayne Hall, author of Writer’s Craft series, defines euphonics as "the use of audio equipment to write prose".
What is so great about this writing technique?
Poets and musicians have long understood the power of euphonics. It is a basic element of their work, but it can also be sprinkled in prose as long as the author is careful not to overuse it. In a story, content is always more important than sound.
Think of euphonics as an amplifier, the spice that really makes a recipe sing. Adding a reasonable amount brings out the flavors and makes it special. If you use too much, the effect will be ruined and can even become uncomfortable.
How does euphonics work?
Reading fictions should be an emotional experience, and euphonik helps by working on a reader's subconscious to evoke images and emotions. Certain sounds affect our psyche in a somewhat predictable way.
There are words of power, words that scare or penetrate urgency, words that appeal to our sensual nature. In English classes we learned about writing techniques similar to Onomatopoeia – words that sound like they mean, like hissing, humming and booming. Euphonics uses the same idea, but on a more subtle, psychological level.
In her book Euphonics For Writers, Rayne Hall describes the character of certain sounds in English in the first half and suggests when to use them. In the second half of the book, she explains in detail how you can integrate euphonics in your writing in order to achieve the greatest possible benefit.
Letters, sounds and meaning
In this article I will present some highlights from the first half. Read Euphonics For Writers for a complete overview.
B is for bully
The B-Sound has a split personality. It's big and brave and contains words like bragging, brazen and bastard. Using words with the B sound can fill the story with a sense of brutality.
On the other hand, depending on the use, B can also be used in humorous situations. Pucker, burp (do you remember Sir Toby?) And idiot are just a few B-words that cause humor.
Cheers for joy
The Ch and J sounds give a reader's subconscious reason to cheer: joy, cheer, jamboree, giggle, guess, enjoy. Or just think J.Oslyn CHase!
Ee is creepy
Eek! The long e-sound creates an eerie feeling: screaming, screeching, creaking, fearful, fleeing, squeaking, freaking out and so on.
F is for frivolous
Think fleeting, fuzzy, frolicking, foamy, foolish, stupid, flutter, flirt, funky, funny, fling, ruffles, frills, fringes, flourish, flowery and filigree. You understand what it is about.
H is highly falutin
The H-Sound is another one that can go two ways depending on how you deal with it. It denotes the sublime: sky, hill, haughty, hierarchy, head, happiness, hope, heart.
Or the opposite: heat, hard, horror, anger, haggard, spooky, hate, terrible, hell and flood.
M is for gentle
I remember mom. Warmth, comfort, at home. Welcome hug. Mmmm – good. In other words, optimized: sad, grumpy, melancholic, miserable, moody, depressed.
The N-tone indicates that no, never, nobody, negative, deny, denounce, neglect and reject. Nothing, nada, nothing.
O is for heroes
The long original sound indicates something wonderful and noble. Heroic, throne, soul, Lord, sanctified, oath and follow.
However, the double o-sound means darkness and doom. Moon, bog, mud, ghost, wound.
R is in a hurry
Use a lot of R-sounds if you want to give the impression of urgency or speed. Hurry up, race, quick, quick, quick, emergency. Arriba!
S contains my favorites
If you want to increase the feeling of tension, use a lot of S: secret, secret, silence, whisper, sly, hiss, hiss, spirit, ghost, ghost, creepy, furtive, furtive.
T plus R stands for trouble
Put T and R together and you project trick and betrayal. Terrible, excruciating, agony and tribulation. So tragic.
W is wet and wild
Use W-words, whether you want windy, swirling weather, or a rolling, watery wilderness overwhelmed by weed waves. Of course not to the extent that I did it. I was just enjoying making a point. Remember, enrich, don't trudge.
Z will make you dizzy
The Z-Sound is an excellent choice to color a scene with confusion. Use words like dazed, haze, drowsy, confused, bamboozled, bizarre, crazy, crazy.
Take a page from the poets
The euphonics in your writing should protect the ear and create a delight that is more seductive than seductive.
"Read poems every day of your life. Poetry is good because it tenses muscles that you don't use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in top shape. "- Ray Bradbury
While euphonics isn't exactly poetry, writing techniques like this train some of the same muscles, especially in the ear. As you read Rayne Hall's book, you will learn a lot about writing techniques and poetic means such as alliteration, assonance, and consonance, and how they apply to euphonics.
You will also learn how to use these devices to add meaning and performance to your writing. While Euphonik was never meant to replace solid fiction making, it can be a great improvement. Have fun with it.
Have you ever noticed how some sounds suggest certain moods or pictures? Did you use these writing techniques in your own writing? Tell us about it in the comments.
Watch a scene from something you are working on. What emotions or impressions do you want to convey? Practice using euphonics to improve emotional and psychological effects. Remember not to be too stubborn. Sprinkle it carefully as if you were using an herb or spice.
If you want, you can use one of these prompts to write a practice scene:
James has to hurry to take a plane to his best friend's wedding.
Cindy worries after the death of her favorite pet.
Fred enters a creepy abandoned warehouse on a challenge.
Write for fifteen minutes. When you're done, post your practice in the comment section. When you write articles, give your co-authors feedback!
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