“When you’re reading, your whole mind creates pictures for you. I could see it all.” -Morgan Freeman on The Great American Read
We’ve all heard it before. We’ve probably said it ourselves. When you read you create images in your mind, possibly a movie. Our imaginations run wild and create entire worlds for us, worlds we can see in our mind’s eye.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but that’s not quite how it works for me.
I have a pretty terrible mind’s eye, if I’m being honest. It’s hard for me to really “see” anything in my mind, to hold an image there. My brain is weird. I get flashes of an image for a second, maybe less, before it’s gone. I can only really hold on to an impression. What the story feels like. My mind’s ear is much MUCH stronger. It’s easier for me to listen to something that isn’t there. So it isn’t too surprising that I don’t really paint a picture as I’m reading. It’s a little different for me.