What’s Your Thinking Style?

Often, when teaching creative writing, this is the first question I ask.

Why is it so important?

I think that your thinking style sets out how you will write, the difficulties you will face, and knowing what style you think in will enhance your writing.

But what do I mean, by thinking style? Well, let me ask you another question!

  • Do you think in pictures?
  • Do you have a voice in the back of your head?
  • Do you see pictures AND hear sounds?
  • Do you simply feel things?
  • People who are pure visual thinkers will often freeze the moment the nib of the pen touches the paper.
  • Auditory thinkers will often write too much.
  • People who think in many styles will, depending on what mood they’re in, write better or worse…
  • Kinaesthetic thinkers won’t write unless they “feel” like it!

So what difference does this possibly make? Why it makes all the difference in the world.

It will dictate whether or not you’re geared for:

  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Short-stories
  • Comic Books
  • Screenplays
  • Novels

Which do you think favours visual thinking?
Which favours auditory thinking?

You don’t need to be a genius to work this out.

And if you were a little confused, why are screenplays so different from theatre plays? Why, it’s because they’re more visual.

OK, you say, I know what style I have, but how can I improve my writing?

Good question! Now you’re thinking!

ZHZ

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