Updated: Oct 23, 2021
One trick I found that helps me read more books and not only that process them faster is through visual learning. I am a visual learner who has had many years of short film experience, so this comes easily to me. However, I understand how this might not come easy to most.
Books in it of themselves are a stale, lifeless form if not properly attended to. That is why it is imperative you visualize every description and line of every sentence as if the characters were standing in the room with you.
With that, it is key that if this does not come naturally or if the words do not paint a picture in your mind, so to speak. That you take a second before you read a paragraph or line of dialogue to close your eyes and image the scene taking place in your mind.
Note the author’s visceral descriptions as they may even help you come up with your own and slowly paint the canvas in your mind with every detail of the novel.
Albeit some novels are more descriptive than others, such as Stephan Kings' work. Which helps baby-step you in this process. Some novels such as Gillian Flynn are brief. Leaving a lot for interpretation or the reader's imagination.
I hope this post has helped you come to appreciate great literature and all it offers. As well as help you find your next spark of inspiration for your novel.
Currently, I am reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This is a gripping tale I would definitely recommend due to it embracing all the concepts I laid out perfectly. Not only that, it takes an unprecedented form in using images of police files and newspapers to drive the story visually. We live in a visual society nowadays, so it is essential writers find innovative solutions to giving life to this timeless form.
Till next time.
- Matt Gorrell