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I have a secret. I hear dead people…OK so maybe it hasn’t gotten that far, but I DO hear things sometimes. It can be my characters talking to me or something more sinister, but what both have taught me is that I’m primarily an auditory person.
Do you remember those little tests they gave you in school? They had nothing to do with your schoolwork, but how you did it.
What I learned from those was that I’m an auditory learner. I’m stubborn though because I’m only now putting this information to good use and especially for my writing. I’ve been aware for awhile now that I have trouble visualizing. I discovered by accident while listening to music, a little trick that helps me visualize better. I was playing music and my characters popped into my head, but instead of speaking, they started to act out scenes as though they were in a movie. Thinking about it, the signs have been there for years, but you know how that tale goes. If you have trouble visualizing your world or characters, then here are some tips for you based on your learning style.
Find your learning style.
The first step is to find your learning style. Here is my favorite Self-Assessment Learning Style Quiz from Education Planner.
What’s your style
There are three primary types
- Visual learners learn best by sight.
- Auditory learners learn best by hearing
- Tactile learners learn best by touch
So what does this mean for the senses?
If you’re a visual learner then your best friend will probably be a mood board or a storyboard.
If you are an auditory learner, then you can make a playlist setting the mood for your story or characters.
If you are a tactile learner, then you can act out your scenes that you have in mind so you can visualize better.
It might take some time, but finding a method that works with your learning style and for your writing process will help if like me you have trouble visualizing. For instance, I like to have index cards nearby so I can write out my ideas while the music plays.
What about you? What’s your learning style? How do you like to write?
Your Guide to Understanding and Adapting to Different Learning Styles