I have to say, Q is an awkward letter in onomatopoeia.
And that awkwardness can be useful.
Let’s say you’re working on a fabulous story – maybe a graphic novel or picture book or something – and your creative juices are looking kind of stale.
You keep going to the same tired onomatopoeia
POW! SMACK! BANG!
Until your words that are supposed to be exciting are starting to look
What to do?
Put in a Q!
If you want someone to speed up, try adding
If you want someone to shush try
If your character is shy or nervous how about
Um, excuse me? Quick? Quiet? Quake? And Quibble?
QUIT!!! This is by far the worst onomatopoeia advice I have ever seen! These q words don’t make the story better or any less boring – they just make it all awkward and absurd!
What?! Why are you giving bad advice when you know it's bad?
Sometimes you need to allow a little absurdity to get the creative juices flowing again.
So, you’re not saying these silly onomatopoeia will make it into the final version?
Probably not. But in the process you will have done a little free writing and hopefully giggled and pulled yourself out of the onomatopoeia rut.
That’s – Brilliant!
Thank you. So, yes, dear Reader – it’s OK to go a little Quackers sometimes. Don’t you agree Donald?
And if that was too quackers for you - check out some (probably) more sensible blog posts from other bloggers in the challenge.
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