The Write-Brain Workbook
The Write-Brain Workbook : 'Onomatopoeia' Creative Writing Exercise

Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook

'Onomatopoeia' Creative Writing Exercise

Includes Free PDF Download | Updated 10/5/15

Here's a challenge: Try to say 'onomatopoeia' 10 times very fast! Easy? Now try to spell it out loud without looking! O-N-O-M-A-T-O-P-O-E-I-A. But wait! There's more to this creative writing exercise; see how many more items you can add to Bonnie Neubauer's list of words that imitate the sounds of the objects or actions they refer to!

'Onomatopoeia' is published with permission and is just one of 400 exercises to help liberate your writing from Neubauer's revised and expanded Write Brain Workbook available from Amazon.

'Onomatopoeia' Writing Instructions

Onomatopoeia1. Download and print the free Onomatopoeia creative writing exercise page.

2. Onomatopoetic words imitate sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. here is a long list. Feel free to add more of your own!

Hiss, ping, crunch, pop, sizzle, bang, swish, smash, flutter, clunk, peck, whistle, smack, whack, hush, whir, tiptoe, whoosh, thud, zap, twang, cock-a-doodle-do, squish, stomp, tap, thump, splash, purr, tinkle, gush, kerplunk, slurp, swirl, crash, whirl, clang, mumble, squeak, boom, meow, plop, cuckoo, pow, splat, quack, screech, zoom, tick tock, burp, clip clop, eek, hiccup, moo, oink, buzz

Now, using the first line of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," write your own story incorporating as many of these words as possible.

"True! Nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and I am: but why will you say that I am mad?"

Take the Next Step

Another example of a writing practice that can be done anywhere is to simply listen to what's going on.

Write the first thing that comes to mind from these sounds:


Grinding teeth:

Popped balloon:

Rain on metal:

Next: Revenge of the Journal Writing Exercise

Bonnie NeubauerBonnie Neubauer is the inventor of the Story Spinner and author of the revised and expanded deluxe edition of The Write-Brain Workbook. More »
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