Post Reply How do I enjoy reading when I can't even visualize?
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Okay, I've mention this before plenty of times in the past. I can not visualize when read fiction novels. My mind gets cluttered with nonsense making it hard for me to focus on the story. I noticed that I tend to get when I try to reread my own work. I honestly believe that I am not meant to read books but meant to write them instead. But reading is important for a writer. I need advice on how should I enjoy reading books even though I can't visualize. I want to read but it is so hard trying to focus on the story. How I read is by reading the words in the books but not getting anything out of it. I can't see what goes on in the story because my mind is a jumble mess of other stuff. Not only that I get confused when I read because I have no idea what is going on. I can't see anything other than the words.


Got any advice?

Enjoy!!!
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Have you tried turning your brain off?
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KarenAraragi wrote:

Have you tried turning your brain off?


And how do I do that?
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have you tried finding a quiet room with no other stimulation. no cell. no tv, etc.
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have you tried finding a quiet room with no other stimulation. no cell. no tv, etc.


I do but I get distracted.
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Theres a lot to be gotten from reading other than just the enjoyment of it. If you want to read to become a better writer, focus on what the writer is doing and not so much what they are saying. For example, I was watching a pretty crappy movie called San Andreas the other which is basically just disaster porn. I knew it was going to be garbage, so I went in thinking "I'm going to look for the intent in each scene".

This is really easy in bad writing and it helps to make crappy movies actually enjoyable (play a little game of "find the cliche"). In good writing, the same concept applies, but the writer disguised it by actually making it feel like part of the story. Still, think about everything you are reading. Why did the author use that word? Why did the author put that scene here? How did the author use foreshadowing? How did the author use repetition? etc...
Posted 1/1/16

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KarenAraragi wrote:

Have you tried turning your brain off?


And how do I do that?

Have you try no questioning every little detail? Like every time you feel something is BS. Just stop yourself and continue reading. Eventually, you get use to the BS and star having fun reading.
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CalifCat wrote:

have you tried finding a quiet room with no other stimulation. no cell. no tv, etc.


I do but I get distracted.


try meditation to clear your mind and it sounds like you feel you are gonna miss out on something if you shut other things out and just submerge yourself in a good book.
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KarenAraragi wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


KarenAraragi wrote:

Have you tried turning your brain off?


And how do I do that?

Have you try no questioning every little detail? Like every time you feel something is BS. Just stop yourself and continue reading. Eventually, you get use to the BS and star having fun reading.



Okay.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


CalifCat wrote:

have you tried finding a quiet room with no other stimulation. no cell. no tv, etc.


I do but I get distracted.


try meditation to clear your mind and it sounds like you feel you are gonna miss out on something if you shut other things out and just submerge yourself in a good book.


I'll try it.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


Explain your opinion in great detail.


Okay, I've mention this before plenty of times in the past. I can not visualize when read fiction novels. My mind gets cluttered with nonsense making it hard for me to focus on the story. I noticed that I tend to get when I try to reread my own work. I honestly believe that I am not meant to read books but meant to write them instead. But reading is important for a writer. I need advice on how should I enjoy reading books even though I can't visualize. I want to read but it is so hard trying to focus on the story. How I read is by reading the words in the books but not getting anything out of it. I can't see what goes on in the story because my mind is a jumble mess of other stuff. Not only that I get confused when I read because I have no idea what is going on. I can't see anything other than the words.


Got any advice?

Enjoy!!!


I've moved this over to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

TBH, if this is a long-time thing it might be something you'd want to discuss with a professional of some sort.

The other thing that comes to my mind, especially if this hasn't been an "always" thing, and there's nothing obvious going on in your life that would be that distracting, is if you've started meds of some kind or changed dosage. Someone I used to coach in reading comprehension, and was doing really well suddenly pretty much lost the ability to read for any meaning when they upped her dosage on some meds she'd been taking (I don't remember what it was or for what condition). She could read each word separately and know what each word meant but trying to hold on to the meaning from one word long enough to connect it to the next one in a sentence had become almost impossible for her. Basically by the time she finished a sentence she'd pretty much "forgotten" the sentence before or even the beginning of the sentence sometimes.

I guess I'm saying, it could be something you could help with little tips or tricks and behavior changes, but it might be a brain chemistry thing going on that's going to be more difficult to work with or will need some very special and structured assistance to work with/around.

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Thanks and I will.
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This is more a by-pass than a solution but have you looked into text-to-speech? Due to a similar health issue I can't put together words and pictures unless I physically see them or hear them in detail (such as old radio shows, etc). I use the free version of Naturalreader at the moment while trying out other programs it's the best I've found so far. I'm currently deciding on which voice (they offer a bunch to choose from) will be my new narrator of choice. Oh, and it works with files, webpages , anything digitally readable.

http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html
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