Auditory Imagery: 30+ Show Don’t Tell Examples for

Show Don’t Tell Examples
Auditory Imagery

New writers often struggle to understand the difference between showing and telling

But, Most of the authors know these differences, and yet they fail to maintain the balance between showing and telling.

If you’re one of them, bookmark this article that has over 300+ Show Don’t Tell Examples. These sentences are completely at your disposal. You can use them in your writing as they are. (Just put us in attributions, it’ll make us happy).

Show Don’t Tell Examples.
Show Don’t Tell Examples

Before I begin, understand that there are 7 different types of imagery in literature:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory
  • Tactile
  • Kinesthetic
  • Organic
300+ Show Don’t Tell Examples
300+ Show Don’t Tell Examples

In this article, I’ll talk in-depth about auditory imagery. 

Auditory Imagery Literary Examples:

Anything you introduce in your story should have a sound, a voice so the reader is able to hear it/them, know what is their sound, their tone. Auditory imagery brings the sound of the objects, characters, and emotions in the story right out to the ears of the reader.

The background and setting of the story will play a great role in determining how a person/ character sounds. Whether they lisp or stammer, if there are a number of objects in a congested room, if the hall is big and empty enough for a voice to produce its echo. Auditory imagery takes care of all these. Take a look at the following examples:

  1. The clank of the keys
  2. The clang of the plates
  3. Crow of the rooster in the morning
  4. The chirping of the birds
  5. Whistling crescendo of the nightingale
  6. The rustle of the papers
  7. Pitter-patter of the rain
  8. The tapping of nails on the table
  9. Clap of hands
  10. Buzz of the bees
  11. The whistle of the wind
  12. Howling wind in the stormy evening
  13. Murmurs in the silence
  14. Whispers of the air
  15. Flapping of wings
  16. A drizzle of water on the tin can
  17. Gurgling baby
  18. Rattling breath
  19. Cracking of neck
  20. Cracking muscles
  21. Clogging drains
  22. Gulping down the throat
  23. Heavy breathing
  24. Clicking tongue
  25. Snapping of fingers
  26. Clearing throat
  27. Growling/ Roaring Groaning/ Moaning/ Grunting? Grumbling/ Muttering/ Stuttering/ Stammering/ Sighing/ Soughing/ Wailing/ Crying/ Sobbing/ Snivelling/ Whining/ Whimpering
  28. Deep/ Raspy/ Gravelly/ Croaky/ Singsong/ Smoky/ Throaty/ Guttural/ Strident/ Honeyed/ Plummy/ Husky/ Gruff/ Hoarse/ Flat/ Shrill/ Quiet/ Monotonous/ Toneless/ Tiny/ Thin/ Thick/ Nasal/ Breathy/ Soft/ Raucous 
  29. The lapping of water in the river
  30. The popping of the cork
  31. Clattering of forks
  32. Din of the bell.  

Before you leave, check out these 110+ examples on Olfactory imagery to empower your ‘Show don’t tell game.’

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  1. Pingback: 300+ Sensory Imagery Examples to Master Creative Writing | OakWords

    1. I am a student of English literature at University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. I was struggling to understand the images. Suddenly, when browsing, I found these extraordinary materials and they cleared all my confusions. Now I take myself for a really happy person. Thank you so much.

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