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Friday, October 29, 2021

The Train 'Rumbled' By

 A train rumbling by; the hoot of an owl to break the night’s stillness; a floorboard’s creak just when no one else is supposed to be around.  As a child we had only an old upright radio (not unlike this 1939 Trutone) 

around which my brothers and I would gather to hear The Shadow, Dragnet, or The Lone Ranger.  Our only "view" was of the front of that radio as we sat cross-legged on the floor to listen.  But the worlds of crime, drama and the Old West came pouring out upon us – a wonderful mix of a writer’s words and great sound.

“Sound is so important to creative writing. Think of the sounds you hear that you include, and the similes you use to describe what things sound like. 'As she walked up the alley, her polyester workout pants sounded like windshield wipers swishing back and forth.' Cadence, onomatopoeia, the poetry of language are all so important. Learn all that you can about how to bring sound into your work.” – Barbara Demarco-Bennett


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