Since you guys have been so helpful I have another question. how should one use sound affects in writing? do you find it to be a good idea? If not what do you use to describe sounds? Here's an example of what I'm speaking of. I focussed, a ball of fire formed in my hand hot and seething. I cried and threw it at the incoming monster. BOOOOM! burnt and charred flesh flew every where. Or I focussed, a ball of fire formed in my hand hot and seething. I cried and threw it at the incoming monster. An exslpotion echoed loudly ringing my ears, burnt and charred flesh flew everywhere. Another example The door creaked open as if it hadn't been oiled in years Or I opened the door. *Creeeeek* it hadn't been oiled in years. So should sound describing words ever be used? if so do you have any better than you basic BOOOM? My story has quiet the few exsplotions.