I’ve been tracking comments on a friend’s post and how she and another writer think in words. In the comment thread the question came up of how people think about writing if not in words. I’ve always thought visually; in images.
I can see the view out the window, the look exchanged between characters, and the choreography of action in short, vivid vignettes. Then comes the work of fitting words to those images and scenes. The words always come second and as a writer that’s a problem. Always it’s the problem of not satisfactorily translating what I see. Dialog and characters’ feelings and interior lives are that much harder to work with because they don’t lend themselves to visual thinking.
Out of curiosity, I’d be interested in hearing how some of the other writers think out their stories; in words or images.