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I do the exact same thing, OP. Sometimes, I cannot focus on one plot, and my mind just wanders. I let it wander. Usually I only read a couple pages at a time, then sit and think about those pages or whatever else, then read a couple more. I have issues reading through a book really fast. I need time. Soak it in.

I've also tried to plot out my own stories, but whenever I get really involved in one, I'll start getting bored or distracted and start on another. My computer is full of notes on at least 10 different ideas. It's ridiculous.


I have a plot in mind for now but another one will come later........and another one.....later. I jot notes for it down and still deal with thinking of new plots.
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Aokidanza wrote:

I do the exact same thing, OP. Sometimes, I cannot focus on one plot, and my mind just wanders. I let it wander. Usually I only read a couple pages at a time, then sit and think about those pages or whatever else, then read a couple more. I have issues reading through a book really fast. I need time. Soak it in.

I've also tried to plot out my own stories, but whenever I get really involved in one, I'll start getting bored or distracted and start on another. My computer is full of notes on at least 10 different ideas. It's ridiculous.


I have a plot in mind for now but another one will come later........and another one.....later. I jot notes for it down and still deal with thinking of new plots.


My strategy has been to try to relate new ideas to the idea I'm already working on, in some vain attempt to keep it all in the same plot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I hate it when I have a really good idea, then in the midst of writing it I get another good idea, pause to think about it, and then the first idea is lost. Dammit, brain! Slow down! I can't keep up!
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I HAVE SOMEONE TO RELATE TO WITH MY TROUBLES!!! THANK YOU!!!
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I HAVE SOMEONE TO RELATE TO WITH MY TROUBLES!!! THANK YOU!!!


You are welcome.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I HAVE SOMEONE TO RELATE TO WITH MY TROUBLES!!! THANK YOU!!!


You are welcome.


YAY!!!

I'm sorry for being weird.
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Posted 10/23/13

qualeshia3 wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

I HAVE SOMEONE TO RELATE TO WITH MY TROUBLES!!! THANK YOU!!!


You are welcome.


YAY!!!

I'm sorry for being weird.


Haha, it's no problem. Weird = creativity, which is good for all the story ideas in our heads.
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You're absolutely right.
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ok well see i understand you because i sometimes go throught the same thing such as reading too fast and my brain stops.
That usually happens when im too excited.
And about ur own stories... think of it as an anime you really like and start of with that
just change the names around
no one ever said u cant go off of anyone else's
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qualeshia3 wrote: Can't do too much since the moment I try to read a book I can not picture anything.


That's terrible! :(

I sort of started crying when I thought about it...

I don't know how to fix your problem, I've always been able to concentrate, focusing my attention on something is reflexive, not forced.

I'm not even sure if a person can force themselves to engage their imaginative, world creation, mental-hardware. Perhaps that's why conditions like yours tend to require prescription drugs?

Best of luck.
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qualeshia3 wrote: Can't do too much since the moment I try to read a book I can not picture anything.


That's terrible! :(

I sort of started crying when I thought about it...

I don't know how to fix your problem, I've always been able to concentrate, focusing my attention on something is reflexive, not forced.

I'm not even sure if a person can force themselves to engage their imaginative, world creation, mental-hardware. Perhaps that's why conditions like yours tend to require prescription drugs?

Best of luck.




Thank you.
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Joooooooookes

Anyway, I'm gonna go read a picture book


Good luck.
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I don't visualize when I read. I'm not a visual thinker by any means, and I find I can enjoy myself more by keeping the visual aspect out of my mind when I read. I function better on ideas, which is why I like words: they can communicate ideas without necessarily using an image. Along the same vein, I enjoy anime, manga, and other visual mediums because they take care of the visual aspect for me and let me concentrate on the interesting part.
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For me, plot and dialogue are fun to read… but descriptions of scenery, the setting… are difficult and a chore to get through. I don't think I visualize when I read.

I think comic books (text accompanied by pictures) are a more natural medium for storytelling.
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Bavalt wrote:

I don't visualize when I read. I'm not a visual thinker by any means, and I find I can enjoy myself more by keeping the visual aspect out of my mind when I read. I function better on ideas, which is why I like words: they can communicate ideas without necessarily using an image. Along the same vein, I enjoy anime, manga, and other visual mediums because they take care of the visual aspect for me and let me concentrate on the interesting part.


Ah.

Then what is it like when you try to visualize out of your mind? When your reading, you don't see what is going on in the story as if it's happening right in front?
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Bavalt wrote:

I don't visualize when I read. I'm not a visual thinker by any means, and I find I can enjoy myself more by keeping the visual aspect out of my mind when I read. I function better on ideas, which is why I like words: they can communicate ideas without necessarily using an image. Along the same vein, I enjoy anime, manga, and other visual mediums because they take care of the visual aspect for me and let me concentrate on the interesting part.


Ah.

Then what is it like when you try to visualize out of your mind? When your reading, you don't see what is going on in the story as if it's happening right in front?


It's not too different from thinking without voicing your thoughts in your head. Rather than associate the ideas with sensations, you deal with just the ideas. That's not to say that I can't visualize an image to fit the words, I just find it more comfortable to skip that part. It's not for everyone - there're plenty of people who like it better with an image in their heads - but there's no harm in giving it a shot if you think it might help with your problem.
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