So I'm writing this story and got stuck on the part where two of my main characters arrived at this house and they hear dragging but the problem is I don't know how to describe the dragging without telling.

To anyone who has ever been dragged across the floor or heard dragging before, is it alright if I ask how it felt or the sounds produced from it?

I just need an idea to practice more showing and not telling. If you know a site that does this, I'll be. Very greatful.

  • Why don't you have one friend drag another across the floor and record the sound? Then you can play it back as often as you need to figure out what it sounds like. – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Jul 15 '15 at 0:00
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  • @LaurenIpsum- that's a good idea. Now I'll just have to find someone willing to do so. – Gabby Jul 15 '15 at 11:44

How about, "the sound of something heavy -- perhaps a person -- being dragged across the floor"?


Flesh scraping across wood, shoes scuffing the floorboards in a last, feeble protest.

  • Creates a very strong image a d imprints on the mind. I like it! – Gabby Jul 15 '15 at 11:49

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