How Your Learning Style Can Help Your Writing Process

Students from Fasi Moi Afi Government primary school take part in a class activity. Part of the refurbishment of Fasi Moi Afi school was funded by AusAID.
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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?


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Finished One Again. And a short.

The fourth draft of One Small Step has been finished. I realized while I was answering questions from a short story book I realized I had after all that my story was sort of disjointed. Jan hadn’t done anything to save her job in the second and third draft yet she was promoted which now that I see it seems really funny. So I reworked it and made her proactive. I’m waiting for someone to look over it. But I think this draft is better. I’m not sure if it’s perfect but it’s better.


I felt like writing some flash fiction. I have been adept at writing 100 words exactly though of course I slip up sometimes and leave out a word or two and it’s confusing. But I really like that format. I’m long-winded when I talk about I have this annoying quirk of being concise when I’m writing which is fine for flash but not so much for longer stuff.

But anyway. Here is the piece I wrote. The prompt was “Candy Apple Red”.

   She wore her lipstick one way and that way was candy apple red.

   Nina had started wearing lipstick when she fourteen. At first it was to impress some boy down the street but after that fizzled out she kept wearing it. Soon it became part of her identity. She simply did not feel like her if it was gone.

    Every morning she would wake up and start her routine. Shower first and then dress. Standing in front of her mirror she would pucker before applying it. She would always smile afterwards. It made the lipstick look even better.