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Yea, my brother is the same way, some people can do it some can't. There is a skill out there for everyone that you will enjoy doing, All you gotta do is find it.
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PurpleDjango wrote:

Yea, my brother is the same way, some people can do it some can't. There is a skill out there for everyone that you will enjoy doing, All you gotta do is find it.



I really enjoy writing but I love to read too. What a pain!
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Then write, if you don't like to read but you like the story there are always audio books.
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Then write, if you don't like to read but you like the story there are always audio books.


True. I never tried audio books. That seems like something worth trying to do.
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It makes things much easier you can sit back and relax, rather than paying tons of attention while reading.
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PurpleDjango wrote:

It makes things much easier you can sit back and relax, rather than paying tons of attention while reading.


Yeah indeed.


I just downloaded an app for audio books.
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When I read its like dreaming if I am fully enveloped. As for writing I have only done academic writing for the past 6 ish years (last 2 years of high school was just papers with no creative writing and college is the same) so I mostly have explained ideas rather than environments/actions. I have always been incredibly good at putting thoughts into words however and all of my close friends have told me I am able to articulate what they are trying to tell me in a way that helps them reflect on their own thoughts.

It may help to try and expand your vocabulary. You could also play a game of whenever you are driving or walking to try and describe things you see in words. Start with very basic things and describe it without using its name. For example even something like a chair can be incredibly challenging to describe.

A sort of mathematical description would be: A square setting on top of 4 vertical columns located at each corner of the square. 2 of the columns extend above the square and are connected by several cloth straps.

A more associative description would be: A platform resting on 4 legs with a back (notice that a back is vague and I am struggling lol)

I don't know if this would help but maybe its worth a try.
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I do need to work on my vocabulary.....and grammar.




Also, math is evil to me. Sorry.
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I have this problem only when I try to do creative writing. For the longest time, my professors, mentors, and other instructors drilled into me that you must show and not tell. You have to accept that the picture you paint in someone else's mind won't be the same as the one you have in your own when you write. This is unavoidable. The most you can do is convey the most important parts of the image and leave readers to fill in the abstract blanks on your own. You must be concise without losing meaning and you have to convey just enough for the reader to assemble that basic skeleton of the image. This is most important in poetry but it's still an important part of any creative writing.

I don't have that problem when I read. I've read several thousand books in my life and a good portion of that reading happened when I was in elementary school. As a result, I'm able to read quickly without losing much information. I could read about 2000 words per minute at my best, although I can probably only manage a little over 1500 now due to my eye issues.

Of course, it's best to slow down and savor the words when you are reading poems and stories rather than textbooks. When reading novels and poems, I will slow down to a max speed of 500 words per minute. I don't think your problem is that you aren't able to read. It is that you are actually paying attention to the words on the page. That's a good sign.

However, you must know that reading is one of the best ways for a writer to practice. There's absolutely no viable way you can advance as a writer without reading. Unless you are that one-in-a-million person with a special condition, you will have to read in order to write anything good and to acquaint yourself with the qualities of good writing. The problem is that too many people think they are special people and that they can write well without reading and/or mastering the basics. This is a fatal flaw that is best corrected early on. A writer who doesn't read is like a cook who doesn't taste his own food or an athlete who doesn't think about his own body.

Edit: I don't know about audio books, but I expect that they will be too slow and that the "wordfeel" will change depending on the reader's voice. A person can only talk so fast without sounding weird, so I still think there's no substitute for reading. I always hated following a reader. I get the same feeling when I'm running or walking quickly and someone in front of me is going too slow. I want them to get out of my way.
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That is the problem I face when I try to read. I can't see what the writer is trying to show me. I can only see what I as a writer would like to show my readers. My imaginations are very vivid and it's not like that when I read.

Maybe I'm not meant to read books but to only write them.
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That is the problem I face when I try to read. I can't see what the writer is trying to show me. I can only see what I as a writer would like to show my readers. My imaginations are very vivid and it's not like that when I read.

Maybe I'm not meant to read books but to only write them.


Ah, I must have misunderstood. In that case, the problem sounds like just the opposite. You aren't able to pay attention to the words on the page as they are. Perhaps you should think about how they link together and also think about synonyms to the words as you read. I do these a lot whenever I read. In your case, the inability for the words to reach you might actually be a sign you are not reading enough to understand the nuances in writing and word choice. The only remedy is still to read.

Writing isn't bad when practicing for writing, of course, but you should not treat anything you write as a completed work.

When you read, don't worry too much about the author's original image. Let the meaning of the words themselves form an image in your mind. You will automatically paint your own mental picture. As you do this more and more, it will become easier.
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Its easier to write something than it is to read about something? Perhaps it is because you cannot read the writer's mind or perhaps know what inspired them to write the piece. Sometimes that is relevant to understand the work, knowing the time and place the writer lived in is an important detail in analysing literature. Even if you were a historian and knew everything about her/him you're different people so your work will always be more understandable to you.

My advice may or may not help but you should find a relaxing place to be able to think better and then, slow down and take your time with it. If you feel you're losing your concentration, maybe its time to place a bookmark and stop, then come back to it another day.


At times, I have trouble using the right words to describe something when its not a matter of knowing the vocabulary, but not cutting corners and being too practical.
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Thanks. Mind gets distracted easily when I read.



















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i kinda have that same problem you are having but it depends on what books i am reading. If im reading a well known popular book series such as hunger games for example, when they get to the part where they describe the damage or rubble or idk i'll get confused halfway and stuff. I kinda have that same problem with writing but at the same time i dont? It just depends on what mood im in really.
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Try writing poetry or lyrics. Searching for words that rhyme can expand your vocabulary.

Depending on who you listen to, music can really help. Listen to someone who spits knowledge lol. I've picked up words that way.

Authors always recommend nonstop reading, but depending on your issue, reading might not have to be your main focus. Reading manga and comics may not be the best way to expand your vocabulary, but it gives you a visual that you don't have to imagine. Really, anything with a script can help you. If visualizing is an issue, watch more movies, tv shows, anime, whatever. While you're watching, try to describe what you see, just as practice for when you try to describe the characters and scenes of your own work.

I draw so I've never really written in a novel form, more of a script form, but I'm sure all writers have the same issues when it comes to their work. Hope I could help.
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