writing out a sound within a sentence

CTRandall

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Any ideas on a good way to write out sounds within a sentence. Here's an example (just imagine a futurey kind of bluetooth earpiece):

He heard a ::ping:: in his ear.

Is that clear? Is there a standard way of doing this?
 

pyan

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Is that what you intended to write, CT, because I think the software has converted part of the word into the emoji.
 

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Not clear. And I don't think there is a standard.

You could consult a Thesaurus, or just oneamatopically wing it according to the sounds you hear in your mind.

e.g. a bronx cheer: "plbplbplbplb"
 

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I have an ongoing character who has a ringing in his ears. So, that's what I say. Yeah, CT, you've got the idea.
 

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I do it sometimes like this:

*squish*

So, with the italics and asterisks. For some reason it can seem funny to me to see that in text.

I've also done descriptions of a sound (a sloppy, squishing sound), or as Jo said, with a metaphor/simile. Might be a situational decision.
 

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I'd go italics and spell out the sound if it is used frequently. I did this with the sound of a crossbow bolt in flight with a little imagination - they probably don't make a sound!
 

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