is for Noise
Have you ever Noticed how much Noise there is in the world? Even when you think it’s quiet, if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the breeze, water rippling, grasses and leaves rustle. You can’t get away from Noise…and if you do, I’d dare say it might be a bit freaky.
Back in 1991, I had to write up a sample of Noises I heard one day. I was a 2nd grade teacher, so some of these reflections are obviously from my day in the classroom. It’s funny that just reading over these Noises helped me remember lots of scenes from decades ago that I’d forgotten.
Noises I heard today
Chalk on the chalkboard
Music over intercom
The pledge of allegiance
Oven gas flicking on
Wind rustling leaves
As a writer, I know how important it is to invite readers into your world by giving them sensory clues for their minds to chew on. Reading over my Noises helped reinforce that lesson. These everyday Noises carry emotion, and when you write a scene and give a few hints of Noise to the background, you create mood as well. Door creaking = suspense. Water trickling = peace. Shouting = tension. Goose Hissing = Run!
What Noises have you heard today, and what feelings accompanied them? If you’re a writer, what Noises can you put in your current scene to add emotion and enhance the story’s mood? Noises are all around us. So Notice Noise today. Have a very Noisy day.