A Huge List of Onomatopoeic Words for Your Screenwriting

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 your storyline’s action lines. Action lines really need powerful words that not only communicate the image you’re trying to put in readers’ minds, and eventually on screen, but they also need to be concise.

One of the ways to rally around evocation is to use onomatopoeic words. But what is an onomatopoeia and how to use it in writing?

Let’s go.

Definition of onomatopoeia

The meaning of “onomatopoeia” is simple – it is a word that resembles or suggests the sound it describes. Easy!

The plural of “onomatopoeia” is “onomatopoeia” or “onomatopoeia”.

How to Use Onomatopoeic Words in Your Writing

As you can imagine, when you write you need words to come out, especially in action.

There are so many times I read an amateur script and see the same boring action lines over and over again. Spice up your writing and set the mood with onomatopoeia. Not only are you telling people what’s happening on 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 to implement some variety when tweaking. Use this great list to draw from and let us know how it works for you.

A Huge List of Onomatopoeic Words for Your Screenwriting

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

  • Hmm
  • Arf
  • Arghh
  • Bang
  • Bark
  • boo
  • Brrng
  • To bump
  • buzz
  • cackle
  • To chatter
  • Cheer
  • Type
  • Rattling
  • Click on
  • Crackle
  • Accident
  • Bite
  • Ding Dong
  • Drop
  • Eek
  • Sparkle
  • flip flops
  • growl
  • Ha ha
  • Hiccups
  • honking
  • To yell
  • silence
  • clink
  • Rattling
  • Struck
  • Lala
  • Meow
  • Groan
  • moo
  • Murmur
  • Neigh
  • Oink
  • Plop
  • Ottoman
  • Popular
  • pow
  • Psst
  • Charlatan
  • Ribbit
  • Ring
  • Roar
  • Rustling
  • To scold
  • Hush
  • Sizzle
  • Slap
  • smash
  • slap
  • Gurgling
  • comma
  • Thud
  • To bump
  • ICT Tac
  • Groan
  • weft
  • zipper
  • Zoom

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