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Learn how to touch your readers' subconscious with subtle tricks. Certain sounds have certain effects on the psyche. By using words which include those sounds, you influence how the reader feels. Euphonic techniques are popular in poetry, but seldom used in prose. This guide shows how you can apply them to make your prose fiction sparkle. For the purpose of this book, I Learn how to touch your readers' subconscious with subtle tricks. Certain sounds have certain effects on the psyche. By using words which include those sounds, you influence how the reader feels. Euphonic techniques are popular in poetry, but seldom used in prose. This guide shows how you can apply them to make your prose fiction sparkle. For the purpose of this book, I define euphonics as the use of sound devices for prose writing. Poets, musicians and special effects engineers have their own definitions. I'll show you which sounds to apply to manipulate your reader's psyche the way you want. You'll learn how to impress your readers with power, how make their hearts race with urgency, how to creep them out and how let them linger in a sensual scene. Part 1 is a thesaurus of sound effects where you can look up the best sounds to enhance the mood of your scene. In Part 2, you'll learn how and when to apply the sounds and how to combine them with rhythm for best effect. This book isn't meant as a definitive scholarly tome for academics. but a practical kit for working authors who want to refine their voice. I'll avoid literary theory and grammatical jargon. Instead, I'll give you useful tools. Novice writers can have inspiring fun playing with euphonics. In the hands of skilled writers - for whom this guide is intended - euphonics are power tools. Euphonics can't replace basic fiction crafting skills, but they can add impact and polish to a well-written piece. In print, the effects are very subtle, serving only to enhance what’s already there, and need to be combined with other techniques. But if you plan to perform author readings or release an audiobook, the euphonics will hold listeners enthralled with poetic power. I'm writing in British English. Some spellings, grammatical rules and word choices differ from American English, but the euphonic effects are the same. Now open your manuscript draft to give it that special polish.


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Learn how to touch your readers' subconscious with subtle tricks. Certain sounds have certain effects on the psyche. By using words which include those sounds, you influence how the reader feels. Euphonic techniques are popular in poetry, but seldom used in prose. This guide shows how you can apply them to make your prose fiction sparkle. For the purpose of this book, I Learn how to touch your readers' subconscious with subtle tricks. Certain sounds have certain effects on the psyche. By using words which include those sounds, you influence how the reader feels. Euphonic techniques are popular in poetry, but seldom used in prose. This guide shows how you can apply them to make your prose fiction sparkle. For the purpose of this book, I define euphonics as the use of sound devices for prose writing. Poets, musicians and special effects engineers have their own definitions. I'll show you which sounds to apply to manipulate your reader's psyche the way you want. You'll learn how to impress your readers with power, how make their hearts race with urgency, how to creep them out and how let them linger in a sensual scene. Part 1 is a thesaurus of sound effects where you can look up the best sounds to enhance the mood of your scene. In Part 2, you'll learn how and when to apply the sounds and how to combine them with rhythm for best effect. This book isn't meant as a definitive scholarly tome for academics. but a practical kit for working authors who want to refine their voice. I'll avoid literary theory and grammatical jargon. Instead, I'll give you useful tools. Novice writers can have inspiring fun playing with euphonics. In the hands of skilled writers - for whom this guide is intended - euphonics are power tools. Euphonics can't replace basic fiction crafting skills, but they can add impact and polish to a well-written piece. In print, the effects are very subtle, serving only to enhance what’s already there, and need to be combined with other techniques. But if you plan to perform author readings or release an audiobook, the euphonics will hold listeners enthralled with poetic power. I'm writing in British English. Some spellings, grammatical rules and word choices differ from American English, but the euphonic effects are the same. Now open your manuscript draft to give it that special polish.

30 review for Euphonics For Writers: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    “Euphonics for Writers” is another solid writing guide from Rayne Hall. The book is a short, easy read filled with powerful information and guaranteed to put additional punch in your prose. Part 1 examines the sounds of the English language, how a writer can affect the mood of a scene simply by being aware of the importance of those sounds. Ms. Hall offers plenty of examples, making each chapter easy to understand without becoming too clinical. Part 2 addresses the issues that can negatively affec “Euphonics for Writers” is another solid writing guide from Rayne Hall. The book is a short, easy read filled with powerful information and guaranteed to put additional punch in your prose. Part 1 examines the sounds of the English language, how a writer can affect the mood of a scene simply by being aware of the importance of those sounds. Ms. Hall offers plenty of examples, making each chapter easy to understand without becoming too clinical. Part 2 addresses the issues that can negatively affect an author’s work, demonstrating tools like alliteration, backloading, and sentence length. Part 3 is not officially in the Table of Contents, though it certainly would have been appropriate when Ms. Hall served up an opportunity to test our new skills. Immediately following the “test,” she shares two stories of her own to demonstrate the use of the tools explained in the book. Unlike other Rayne Hall books, this should not end up on your reference shelf. Well, at least not immediately, not until it’s been properly dog-eared and the information a part of your everyday writer’s toolbox. Five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    Another winning book from Rayne Hall's Writer's Craft series. As Rayne explains this book is about learning how to touch your reader's subconscious with subtle tricks. There are sounds which effect our psyche and choosing which words you write can influence how a reader feels. This can then enhance the reading experience and may lead to a positive review of your book. Set in two parts, part 1 deals with the different feelings and sounds letters of the alphabet make to our subconscious. For instan Another winning book from Rayne Hall's Writer's Craft series. As Rayne explains this book is about learning how to touch your reader's subconscious with subtle tricks. There are sounds which effect our psyche and choosing which words you write can influence how a reader feels. This can then enhance the reading experience and may lead to a positive review of your book. Set in two parts, part 1 deals with the different feelings and sounds letters of the alphabet make to our subconscious. For instance words with "m" are warm and motherly and make us feel cosy, roll these words over in your head; Mother, warm, comfy, welcome, how did they make you feel? Part 2 deals with sound placement and writing rhythm. Rayne discussed alliteration, consonance & assonance, sentence lengths, starter words, the use of repetition of words, asyndeton & polysyndeton (how to make a piece of writing fast or slow paced) Even though I am not writing a book at the moment, I am excited to try out some of these techniques in simple everyday pieces I write.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This writing guide was so helpful and concise. Rayne Hall discusses techniques which are largely absent from other books on writing technique. I’ll definitely be looking into other books from the Writer’s Craft series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    As a writer this book does help out. I've taken out most of these books through this series so through the next couple of days/weeks these will be my reads. Which also helps considering it is nonfiction November. As a writer this book does help out. I've taken out most of these books through this series so through the next couple of days/weeks these will be my reads. Which also helps considering it is nonfiction November.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Fowlks

    Euphonics For Writers was Euphoric ! Good book for exploring better words to use in your writing. I loved that the author included two examples from her personal writing to support the ways to tweak your writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Akhil Jain

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Zara West

    Another short, helpful Rayne Hall book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Preethi Venugopala

    Good tips.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Willson

    Rayne Hall's collection are a must for every genre of writer, clear, concise and to the point, I can see how my own writing has grown and improved. Rayne Hall's collection are a must for every genre of writer, clear, concise and to the point, I can see how my own writing has grown and improved.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Fesmire

    As a writer, are you having difficulty getting your craft to a more advanced level? Most books for writers focus on the basics: story structure, character creation, and smooth prose. Many of us master those and crave further instruction to speed up our progress. Enter Rayne Hall’s Writer’s Craft series, books for journeyman and master authors seeking advanced techniques. Euphonics for Writers is as advanced as they come. People unconsciously draw meaning from the sounds of speech. A frightening gr As a writer, are you having difficulty getting your craft to a more advanced level? Most books for writers focus on the basics: story structure, character creation, and smooth prose. Many of us master those and crave further instruction to speed up our progress. Enter Rayne Hall’s Writer’s Craft series, books for journeyman and master authors seeking advanced techniques. Euphonics for Writers is as advanced as they come. People unconsciously draw meaning from the sounds of speech. A frightening graveyard versus a spooky cemetery. A goofy idiot versus a bumbling buffoon. By purposefully layering in euphonics, you can punch up your prose like a poet. The book goes into the implications of various phonemes, and while I’ve alluded to alliteration here, Euphonics for Writers covers many other ways to weave meaning-bearing sounds into your books. Rayne Hall also covers how to do so with subtlety. Rhymes are inspiring in poetry, but sounds silly in prose, so you’ll learn how to create mood with sound without bringing on laughter, unless you want to. I enjoyed this book very much and have been using its tips while editing the final draft of my current novel. To me, that’s really what Euphonics for Writers is about: putting the final shine on an already good story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J. d'Merricksson

    ***I purchased a copy of this book for my own enjoyment, and with no expectation of a review.*** Rayne Hall’s Euphonics for Writers, the fifteenth offering in her Writer’s Craft series, is a wonderful addition to any writer’s palette, be they beginners to the craft or well-established in it. I snagged this book because I am always on the lookout for new writingcraft books, and I found the topic interesting. I was aware of some of the topics covered, but didn't know there was a name for it! The bo ***I purchased a copy of this book for my own enjoyment, and with no expectation of a review.*** Rayne Hall’s Euphonics for Writers, the fifteenth offering in her Writer’s Craft series, is a wonderful addition to any writer’s palette, be they beginners to the craft or well-established in it. I snagged this book because I am always on the lookout for new writingcraft books, and I found the topic interesting. I was aware of some of the topics covered, but didn't know there was a name for it! The book starts with a sound thesaurus, offering certain sound categories, and the situations they are best used in. Later sections cover things such as alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, and when to use them, as well sentence/paragraph structuring, length, rhythm, pacing, repetition, and how to avoid dissonance. Clear examples are given for each topic, and, as a bonus, the book is littered with adorable cartoon kitties that help demonstrate certain tools, and bring a smile to the face. If you want to add a top-notch resource to your writingcraft library, look no further. Hall’s Euphonics for Writers is sure to help make your writing sing with new life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michele Cacano

    Here's the thing: Short, simple, and useful lists of sound words and word sounds that subtly enhance your writing? Yes, please! The way our brain processes certain repeated phrasing and alliteration can influence our opinions of what we're reading. This book is essentially a dictionary of what sounds evoke in readers, and how to implement these techniques. Two creepy stories are added at the end, to illustrate the techniques presented. I want to memorize this book! Here's the thing: Short, simple, and useful lists of sound words and word sounds that subtly enhance your writing? Yes, please! The way our brain processes certain repeated phrasing and alliteration can influence our opinions of what we're reading. This book is essentially a dictionary of what sounds evoke in readers, and how to implement these techniques. Two creepy stories are added at the end, to illustrate the techniques presented. I want to memorize this book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janice Spina

    Helpful tips for authors! Euphonics for Writers is a wonderful resource for writers of fiction. The author demonstrates her skills through words and examples of how to use these different words and/or sounds in each type of scene. At the end of the book she has written short stories using her methods of word types and sounds to capture the attention of the reader.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jo Blackburn

    Great help So far all of of the books in this series have helped me improve my writing skills. The examples in this book got my creative juices flowing again. Thank you

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Woolard

    This book contains helpful techniques for writing. The author shares two short stories, and one is rather gory.

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    Cory Tsuhako

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