Writing is a process. We all have different techniques and styles when writing. In this article award-winning author, Dustin Grinnell shares with us some of his strategies for how to write without seeing images in your mind. What strategies do you use?
Having only been made aware of being aphantastic relatively recently, I’ve never really given much thought to how I write. I write short stories and reports and things and have never had a problem. I do tend to drop lots of notes into notebooks about things I find interesting and can generally ruminate on something (non-visually) and figure out a tale or a yarn or two.
I used to be in a small group of people who gave each other prompts to write short stories (3 of the group are now published authors).
When I write from prompts, as I know do with my local Writer’s Circle, I generally have no idea what is going to happen until I put pen to paper and I kind of just "go with it".
I do read a lot, so I’m sure I draw inspiration from things I remember or film and TV shows that I watch.
There is certainly know imagery involved! If I’m writing something character-centric (rather than event-centric, perhaps) I have to write a pen picture of the characters so I can keep referring back to it. I tend to be a bit factual and logical about it and keep lists of facts or figures that I may want to weave into it.
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