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I've probably mentioned this before but I'll do it again.

Whenever I read a book, my mind gets cluttered and distracted by other things. This makes it hard for me to visualize whenever I read. I can't see what goes on in the story because my mind is constantly on something else. Yet whenever I am not reading, my mind is clear and I am able to have vivid imaginations about pretty much anything. That is why I prefer writing to reading because my imaginations are clear and vivid. I was told that I am probably not meant to read but write instead. Don't get me wrong I'll read a book but it is a challenge because I can not visualize anything that is happening in the story. I am good when it comes to writing because I can already visualize it perfectly. What I am trying to get at is how do I clear my mind to read a book? What do you think of people who are like me? Is there any way I can read without getting distracted mentally? Advice is needed.

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I'm like that as well, I always seem to go off into my own little world when trying to read. I mean I'll read from page 1 to page 10 but absorb none of it because I was thinking of something else entirely.
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Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:

I'm like that as well, I always seem to go off into my own little world when trying to read. I mean I'll read from page 1 to page 10 but absorb none of it because I was thinking of something else entirely.


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Posted 5/21/16
It's easy to lose focus. I often lose it when reading a book and it has become time to take a break from it.
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It's easy to lose focus for me if the book isn't interesting to me or if the story is boring, haha.

If the book has a good story I can actually get sucked in and tune everything else out.
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Well I certainly can't relate to the issue since I love and have no issue at all reading so instead I'm going to describe my reading experience since I'm wonderfully self centered and I also think that it can still be considered topical.

When I read, the world around me disappears, like it never existed. All that matters is the words on the pages. I zone out and the world itself could be ending and I won't look it. It is wonderful bliss pouring over the written word, imagining not only the crafted words, but the writers themselves as they take the time to produce such wonderful work. Reading is heaven to me. A perfect paradise.
Posted 5/22/16
i do have a bit of a similar problem, but it's fairly recent - up until a few years ago i would get so absorbed in books that i would visualize everything and it felt as if i was watching a movie, but better. then it became much harder to do so, most likely because i suddenly stopped picking up books, fiction helps me cope with my mental health issues, but my mental health issues themselves caused me to stop reading and it's become difficult to get that ability i had back, though i think i'm on the right track, i'm just currently bored of fictional books as once i started becoming more active i found the real world is a pretty interesting place.
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I thought you were gonna say dyslexia

you get distracted probably because what you're reading is boring maybe you're just not interested in that story.

I have the opposite problem, when I start reading I get too relaxed and fall asleep.

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I don't really have that problem unless I'm trying to listen to people talk and read at the same time. Normally i try to lose myself into the world of a book, as much as possible. Though there have been plenty I've read that I've had to force myself to finish.

There was a time when I could write all the time. Recently though... I've ground to a complete halt. I can barely get myself to write and keeping up with it is almost impossible.
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Are you distracted by things and ideas related to what you're reading? Or is it just things on the fly that distract you? If it's the later, maybe you're just not into the book?
Posted 5/22/16

qualeshia3 wrote:

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


I've probably mentioned this before but I'll do it again.

Whenever I read a book, my mind gets cluttered and distracted by other things. This makes it hard for me to visualize whenever I read. I can't see what goes on in the story because my mind is constantly on something else. Yet whenever I am not reading, my mind is clear and I am able to have vivid imaginations about pretty much anything. That is why I prefer writing to reading because my imaginations are clear and vivid. I was told that I am probably not meant to read but write instead. Don't get me wrong I'll read a book but it is a challenge because I can not visualize anything that is happening in the story. I am good when it comes to writing because I can already visualize it perfectly. What I am trying to get at is how do I clear my mind to read a book? What do you think of people who are like me? Is there any way I can read without getting distracted mentally? Advice is needed.

Enjoy!!!


How that a problem? You enjoy writing but get bored reading. That OK I think. I enjoy playing video games but I certainly don't want to make one.
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This is more common than you think. Lot's of people just don't like reading, no matter what. Normal everyday people you will find have never read a book in their lives.
Must be how the brain absorbs information. You may be a person who needs to interact with another or maybe learn by doing directly.
Don't stress, you're not a weirdo or stupid. Just another 1 of 7 billion who do things things in their own individual way
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TL:DR but I agree with the part I did read.
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Are you distracted by things and ideas related to what you're reading? Or is it just things on the fly that distract you? If it's the later, maybe you're just not into the book?


No. I get distracted by things and ideas related to books I want to write.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

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


I've probably mentioned this before but I'll do it again.

Whenever I read a book, my mind gets cluttered and distracted by other things. This makes it hard for me to visualize whenever I read. I can't see what goes on in the story because my mind is constantly on something else. Yet whenever I am not reading, my mind is clear and I am able to have vivid imaginations about pretty much anything. That is why I prefer writing to reading because my imaginations are clear and vivid. I was told that I am probably not meant to read but write instead. Don't get me wrong I'll read a book but it is a challenge because I can not visualize anything that is happening in the story. I am good when it comes to writing because I can already visualize it perfectly. What I am trying to get at is how do I clear my mind to read a book? What do you think of people who are like me? Is there any way I can read without getting distracted mentally? Advice is needed.

Enjoy!!!


How that a problem? You enjoy writing but get bored reading. That OK I think. I enjoy playing video games but I certainly don't want to make one.


I'm not so sure it's boredom. It's just mind my gets distracted by things I rather be writing.
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