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Have you tried listening to audiobooks? I'm curious if shutting your eyes and letting "someone else" read the book to you would make it easier for you to visualize the story.

Humans are heavily sight-focused animals (as opposed to say.. deer or dogs, who are more scent-focused), so it may be easier for you to concentrate on the words' imagery rather than the literal image of the words on paper if your eyes are closed so your mind can focus on internalizing to them.

As to your question, being an avid reader can certainly help your writing, however practice writing is still the most important part - so long as it's being critiqued.
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Posted 12/3/16

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Have you tried listening to audiobooks? I'm curious if shutting your eyes and letting "someone else" read the book to you would make it easier for you to visualize the story.

Humans are heavily sight-focused animals (as opposed to say.. deer or dogs, who are more scent-focused), so it may be easier for you to concentrate on the words' imagery rather than the literal image of the words on paper if your eyes are closed so your mind can focus on internalizing to them.

As to your question, being an avid reader can certainly help your writing, however practice writing is still the most important part - so long as it's being critiqued.


Yeah, I listen to audiobooks and I enjoy them.
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Most of the books i own are manga but there are exceptions. There are some books related to my MAIN hobby. See the profile for that. I also own few books of biography about people and a certain band.
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thekevin4 wrote:

Read comics/manga.


I read those. I mainly referring to novels and not light novels.


Most comics/manga exhibit better writing than novels imo. Besides, don't look to other people's writing to improve your own. The best writing inspiration comes from within, write about what you know and have experienced and present it through the actions and words of your characters.


No, don't listen to Spider-Man this time! (Though he usually has good advice.)

It's true that whatever you write comes from within yourself, but that's also true of a 7-year-old. I think it's a bad idea to assign a blanket value to what "comes from within," because even if everyone does have a valuable and interesting story, how well we understand ourselves - and thus convey that story - varies widely. If I'm a rich snob (which I'm not, by the way: I'm a grad student, so I'm a poor snob), I will indeed have my own life issues, and those issues could be fairly deep. But I'm probably not going to do a good job conveying those issues to your average person; I'll likely piss them off with how wealthy and first-world they sound. What you want is perspective - and I can't think of a better way to get that than to read great writers. I haven't read much modern Eastern literature, so I can only list you some old dead white dudes: Dostoyevsky and Hugo are the first that come to my mind; I also like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. But those are often huge and kinda boring at times. Why not look up some short story anthologies? I always enjoy reading Lovecraft, though he's fairly dated. If you enjoy torturing yourself, you should read The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor; I'd say read the whole thing, but it's 600 pages. But "Good Country People" and "The River" will give you a good idea of what her stories are like; I liked both a lot, but "The River" is probably better for practicing visualization. "The Machine Stops" is a bit more fun of a story, and good for visualization since it's sci-fi.

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Can't say I could help you with the visualizing part, for me once I start reading that's all I see and hear; the house could burn down around me and I'd only notice once I'm done the book.

But if you want to work on your writing, what I'd say is more important than visualizing is looking at the structure of what's going on, if that makes any sense. Look more at the function than the form, ask why the author chose one specific device instead of another, or what a characters purpose is in respect to carrying the story forward.

As a result, I'd avoid taking too much inspiration from comics/manga, the two mediums are obviously both writing so some things will carry over, but they go about things quite differently.

Other than that, stick to topics you're familiar with. It's pretty easy to spot an author that only knows a bit about what they're writing, and it really brings people out of it. Know a lot of Greek mythology? Try writing about it, or include some references to it. An artist will use real world references when he's drawing something, same idea.
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idk bout the visualization part

i just imagine erbody w/ gud voices lol
Posted 12/3/16

thekevin4 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


thekevin4 wrote:

Read comics/manga.


I read those. I mainly referring to novels and not light novels.


Most comics/manga exhibit better writing than novels imo. Besides, don't look to other people's writing to improve your own. The best writing inspiration comes from within, write about what you know and have experienced and present it through the actions and words of your characters.


Agreed with my Senpai.
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starshots wrote:


thekevin4 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


thekevin4 wrote:

Read comics/manga.


I read those. I mainly referring to novels and not light novels.


Most comics/manga exhibit better writing than novels imo. Besides, don't look to other people's writing to improve your own. The best writing inspiration comes from within, write about what you know and have experienced and present it through the actions and words of your characters.


Agreed with my Senpai.


Kouhai knows wsup! Unlike...


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What type of things have you read and what do you find you enjoy reading the most?
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This Blasphemer!! One must never reject my spidery-wisdom!


I must also reject your wisdom on this one, K-chan. Sorry... Just writing, no matter how much of it you do, is not enough. Writing is best improved by meeting other writers and learning from them.
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I'm kind of the same way when it comes to visualization. I think that is why I enjoyed reading the Star Wars "Thrawn" trilogy so much. I had previously read the comic book adaption of the story, and as such, it made it much easier to "see" what was going on while I read the actual novel.
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thekevin4 wrote:

This Blasphemer!! One must never reject my spidery-wisdom!


I must also reject your wisdom on this one, K-chan. Sorry... Just writing, no matter how much of it you do, is not enough. Writing is best improved by meeting other writers and learning from them.


ERMAHGERD A WILD D-CHAN APPEARED!

And if you view the words I chose closely... I never said just to write... I said the best inspiration for writing is to pull from one's own experiences and use that to fuel their writing. So in essence... I am telling her to LIVE! Through experiencing new things she can grow her pool of experiences and thus add new elements to her writing. Going out and meeting other writers would be considered living in my eyes... whereas simply reading the work of others would not grant the same benefits in my spidery-opinion.


Sidenote: Hai D-chan!
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thekevin4 wrote:

ERMAHGERD A WILD D-CHAN APPEARED!

And if you view the words I chose closely... I never said just to write... I said the best inspiration for writing is to pull from one's own experiences and use that to fuel their writing. So in essence... I am telling her to LIVE! Through experiencing new things she can grow her pool of experiences and thus add new elements to her writing. Going out and meeting other writers would be considered living in my eyes... whereas simply reading the work of others would not grant the same benefits in my spidery-opinion.


Sidenote: Hai D-chan!


These writing related stuff always get me. Haha!!

And having more things to write about does not necessarily = improved writing. This is of course looking at writing on a more technical level. Improving one's writing is more about developing one's own writing style. There's a reason why writers hide away in cabins, K-chan.. And I may have worded mine weird also. By meeting other writers, I mean reading their works / encountering other writing styles.

As for finding writing inspiration, you are correct. It's best not to get inspiration from the works of others as it hinders your own creativity. That's where those experiences will be most useful.

Hai K-chan!! *waves*
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Posted 12/3/16

_MissTake_ wrote:


thekevin4 wrote:

ERMAHGERD A WILD D-CHAN APPEARED!

And if you view the words I chose closely... I never said just to write... I said the best inspiration for writing is to pull from one's own experiences and use that to fuel their writing. So in essence... I am telling her to LIVE! Through experiencing new things she can grow her pool of experiences and thus add new elements to her writing. Going out and meeting other writers would be considered living in my eyes... whereas simply reading the work of others would not grant the same benefits in my spidery-opinion.


Sidenote: Hai D-chan!


These writing related stuff always get me. Haha!!

And having more things to write about does not necessarily = improved writing. This is of course looking at writing on a more technical level. Improving one's writing is more about developing one's own writing style. There's a reason why writers hide away in cabins, K-chan.. And I may have worded mine weird also. By meeting other writers, I mean reading their works / encountering other writing styles.

As for finding writing inspiration, you are correct. It's best not to get inspiration from the works of others as it hinders your own creativity. That's where those experiences will be most useful.

Hai K-chan!! *waves*


Heh... leave it to the former English teacher to bring up the technical aspect. Once a sensei always a sensei... but you do raise good points as always. Hence your full title of Ichiban D-chan-sama-sensei.

Also.... I feel like I haven't posted a Spider-Man meme in this thread... and that is very unlike me... so....

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thekevin4 wrote:

Heh... leave it to the former English teacher to bring up the technical aspect. Once a sensei always a sensei... but you do raise good points as always. Hence your full title of Ichiban D-chan-sama-sensei.

Also.... I feel like I haven't posted a Spider-Man meme in this thread... and that is very unlike me... so....



I know... I just can't help it sometimes. >_<

As for your meme... I shall give it this face:

-_-


...and call it a day. Haha!
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