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I've always enjoyed "reading" fiction books and sometimes non-fiction too. Its difficult for me to enjoy a good book when I can't visualize what goes on in the story. All I read is words instead of seeing the what's happening in the story as if I were there watching it. My mind is constantly filled with too many thoughts that leave me distracted. This has been happening since I was a little girl and didn't realize it at the time. I stop reading books because of it and writing stories is no different either. My ADHD is the sole reason for that too. Reading books aren't fun when you can't enjoy it like you want too neither is writing stories when you can't focus on ONE FUCKING PLOT. I kinda given up a little due to this and feel like I'm making excuses. Can't do too much since the moment I try to read a book I can not picture anything. My mind is a storage bin filled with too much things that get in the way with my reading time.

Does anyone else feel the exact same way as me? What have you done to help yourself? Any advice you're willing to give to help? Explain it all in great detail.

Let me know if a thread like this one exist already.
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Ah, a reader's-block? I tend to find that day-dreaming helps get me in the mood to visualize novels, as does engaging artwork and music. I also find that reading recipe books and trying to imagine the cooking steps helps to "grease my mind's gears," so to speak. It's also sometimes best to put off reading for a while, the way a hiatus can work for an artist.
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You could always try listening to music, it has helped me when I can't stay focused on a book. Just sit on the first page and read it while choosing a song that best fits it, or you could compile a playlist of your favorite songs and sit down and read it. Hope it all works out for you.
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aeb0717 wrote:

Ah, a reader's-block? I tend to find that day-dreaming helps get me in the mood to visualize novels, as does engaging artwork and music. I also find that reading recipe books and trying to imagine the cooking steps helps to "grease my mind's gears," so to speak. It's also sometimes best to put off reading for a while, the way a hiatus can work for an artist.


Is it really? Then I had reader's block for years.
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I hate reading fiction, I could never truly picture what the writer was depicting. They leave the scenery up the your imagination I guess...
I prefer non-fiction it's' much easier to read and understand.
However LN are the exception to that rule, I personally find them to be really cool and fun to read.
Finally I hate poems.

So OP, I feel that way when I read fiction books, from Harry Potter to Dune.
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Elektrawnik wrote:

Maybe you can't visualize it because you have the dumb. XD


You're funny.
You're really fucking funny.
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1) If you don't feel like reading, try reading something else. It may simply be that you're a bit bored with whatever it is you're reading at the moment, so consider dropping it.
2) If you don't feel like reading something else, do something other than reading.
3) If you don't feel like doing anything else, go to bed and regret the fact that you wasted the day in bed when you could have been doing something. At least you'll be getting plenty of rest. If this occurs (or has been occuring) for more than a week, consider seeing a doctor about depression.

Some alternatives to reading:
Messing around on the internet (blogs, podcasts, reddit, youtube etc)
Webcomics
Computer Games
Anime
Cooking
RPGs
LARP
Television
Climbing trees
Exercise (I hear that people actually do this)
Thinking about your life choices and suffering existential angst for the rest of the week.
Posted 10/16/13
I don't have ADHD, or anything else.

But I find that I do have similar problems like you, qualeshia.


I'm not sure what would help you, but what really helps me is that I have to read a genre that I like the most. Like don't make me read love stories, because I would fall asleep within 3 seconds.


I find that reading genres that I enjoy really help me in reading.
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Its not the book that's the problem. I can't focus on the story mainly because I have too much on my mind. It doesn't matter what the book is about I just can't focus.
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Man readers block is a bitch try writeing a book lot harder cause when that happens it could take ages for it to go away
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I got that problem to except that my mind wanders off into daydreams and suddently im a whole chapter ahead of what i remember. and when i try to read it again, the same thing happens over and over again, but thats not the only time my daydreaming got out of controll, during school, when i was with friends, when im at the bus, train, tram you name it, the thing i found that helps is to just let it be, let you finish your day dreaming and then go back to what you did before you started, of course that might not always be the best idea but it helps me to focus on the book im reading. might be a long progress but id say its well worth it
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Sometimes it just depends on finding the right book for me. I've read many that set my imagination on high but I've also read two or three that were impossible to visualise, mostly because of how dull the books were.

When I find I'm having trouble visualising a piece of scenery, character or event, I tend to go back a few paragraphs/pages and really think about what the words could mean and how they could appear in my head - I add my own ornaments to rooms, my own blemishes to a character's face. Once I've found a visualisation that feels right, I'll try to remember the details that I've added to it, which will make it easier to recall at a later date.

It might be easier for me than you because I've always had a ridiculously overactive imagination. Just looking at something discarded on the pavement might give me inspiration to create an entire short story about how it got there and what it's doing.
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Thats the WHOLE point
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Does anyone feel this way when they want to enjoy reading a book
yeah i enjoy read manga
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Elektrawnik wrote:

Maybe you can't visualize it because you have the dumb. XD

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