A Huge List of Onomatopoeia Words for Your Screenwriting

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It's time to spice up your action writing.

If you're like me, you're always looking for a new way to spice up the action lines of your screenplay. Action lines really need powerful words that not only communicate the image you're trying to put in the readers' minds, and eventually to the screen, but they also have to be concise. 

One of the ways to rally be evocative is through the use of onomatopoeia words. But what is an onomatopoeia, and how do you use it in writing? 

Let's jump in. 

Onomatopoeia Definition 

The meaning of "onomatopoeia" is simple—it's a word that resembles or suggests the sound that it describes. Easy!

The plural of "onomatopoeia" is "onomatopoeiae" or "onomatopoeias."

How to Use Onomatopoeia Words in Your Writing 

As you can imagine, when you're writing you need words to pop, especially in action.

There are so many times I am reading an amateur script and see the same boring action lines over and over again. Spice up the way you write and create an atmosphere with onomatopoeiae. Not only are you telling people what happens on the screen, but you're building an aura for what people will hear and feel. 

I think it's hard to remember all kinds of new words in real-time. So maybe try implementing a variety when you polish. Use this big list to pull from and let us know how it works out for you.

A Huge List of Onomatopoeia Words for Your Screenwriting

This is just a starting point. Let us know some more in the comments!

  • Ahem
  • Arf
  • Arghh
  • Bang
  • Bark
  • Boo
  • Brrng
  • Bump
  • Buzz
  • Cackle
  • Chatter
  • Cheer
  • Clap
  • Clank
  • Click
  • Crackle
  • Crash
  • Crunch
  • Ding-Dong
  • Drip
  • Eek
  • Fizz
  • Flipflop
  • Growl
  • Haha
  • Hiccup
  • Honk
  • Howl
  • Hush
  • Jingle
  • Jangle
  • Knock
  • Lala
  • Meow
  • Moan
  • Moo
  • Murmur
  • Neigh
  • Oink
  • Plop
  • Poof
  • Pop
  • Pow
  • Psst
  • Quack
  • Ribbit
  • Ring
  • Roar
  • Rustle
  • Rumble
  • Shhh
  • Sizzle
  • Slap
  • Smash
  • Smack
  • Squish
  • Swoosh
  • Thud
  • Thump
  • Tick-Tock
  • Whimper
  • Woof
  • Zip
  • Zoom

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My favorites have always been the "BIFF!" and "WIFF!" found in Calvin And Hobbes

July 5, 2022 at 11:43AM

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