Last night at the RWA chapter meeting the presentation was visualisation. And wow, what an amazing surprise it turned out to be! By the end I had enough notes to put together a comprehensive synopsis of a book I'm writing later this year.
I discovered I'm an auditory person, not necessarily visual. I always thought I pictured scenes, and I do, but I tend to hear things first. My husband would not be surprised. I hear my neighbours burp at 2 a.m. It's quite annoying. Some people are visual, some are auditory, and others "feel"...so we all closed our eyes, she led us through a visualisation and honestly, I kept opening my eyes to write. She'd given us a character worksheet and as she asked the questions I just kept writing.
I did make a connection that made perfect sense to me. I tend to be a strong dialogue writer, so it's not a huge surprise that I'm an auditory learner. I write the dialogue first and fill in, whereas a visual or feelings person might write the narrative and expand the dialogue.
I wasn't the only one who ended up with scads of notes, either.
I always do character sheets but being led by actual detailed questions was such a help that we're pressing the presenter to put it all on tape!