One day, I saw a car suddenly pull ahead of the others waiting in the drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant. One man shouted angrily. Then he startled everyone when he blew an air horn from his compact car. The blare got everyone's attention.
The power of hearing is as gripping as seeing. People hear and their minds generate stories. Knock over a lamp at midnight and the others in the house will concoct stories about break-ins or attacking zombies. Sizzling makes mouths water in hopes of tasting a juicy steak. Or blow an air horn and shock everyone waiting in the drive-thru.
I visited a friend who lived in a third-story apartment in the Bronx. A train station was level with his window. I could hear a horn blow in the distance. Inside the apartment, the eyes on the stovetop rattled. The windows vibrated. Soon the train's brakes screeched against the steel rails. A few minutes later, the train clacked away, leaving the apartment in peace. But I knew another train would be arriving soon.
The use of words, like rattle and vibrate, are important descriptions. In addition, onomatopoeias are great words formed from a sound associated with what is named. Sizzle is an example. Thwump is another such word. I heard the sound at a soccer game every time a player kicked the ball. Soon the referee exchanged the flat ball for one that gave a high-pitched twing with each kick.
An interesting challenge is to hear a sound and try to spell the sound.
If you listen to the world, you will hear a new side of life. Add your observations to give readers an intriguing twing instead of a boring thwump.