Now there are pros and cons to being an auditory thinker. Classically, most writers ARE auditory, but there are many successful writers who are also visual. Why is this so? Well, it goes something like this:
Auditory thinkers often have a “voice” talking in the back of their heads. By simply “tuning” in to this voice, writers who are auditory thinkers can splurge copious amounts of text. When they’re in the groove there’s no stopping them.
And therein lies the problem for most splurgers. They hate going back. They don’t like editing or rewriting. They get bored and don’t see – or hear – anything wrong with what they’ve written.
So these are some tips for those writers who are auditory:
1. Leave anything you’ve written to go fallow
2. When you go back read your work ALOUD – this somehow objectifies what you have written. You can often HEAR errors that you cannot with the eye alone.
Another issue that auditory writers have is one of structure. Auditory writers can produce great quantities of text and once “out” they often believe, incorrectly, that it’s perfect. How can you overcome this?
1. Understand structure – think of it as the rising tempo of beats as you reach the climax/cliffhanger. The tension should be rising and the peak should be just before the end.
2. If you start with a bang then more bangs should follow!
3. Wait a few days or weeks and then go back and re-read what you’ve written and do it ALOUD! You’ll be amazed by what you hear.
4. Find a good reader who gives great feedback – these people are the rarest people on earth! And listen to what they say, although whether you make changes must always be your choice!
5. Read about the art of writing fiction.
6. Keep writing
7. Keep rewriting