My fourth grade teacher was the one who taught me to love writing. Thank you, Mrs. Hunt, wherever you are! She also had this one saying for when we were writing stories (or narritave as they are called in school.) She would always say.
Write it like a mind movie.
It made complete and total sense. It still does, actually.
So now, whenever I write a book, I watch the scene as I write like I am watching the movie. I add camera angles, special effects, and color grading in my mind. I watch it like a finished movie would look. (And what do you know, it's EXACTLY like the book? LOL)
1. It helps with character voice. Picturing the characters and watching events happen in my mind just helps me develop unique voices for my characters. It helps me hear their voices in my head and each one sounds different.
2. It helps me with description. Watching stuff play out in my mind like a movie helps me picture setting in my mind just the way I want it. (Can you tell I'm a very visual person?)
3. It captivates my attention to the point where I don't realize I am typing anymore. Do you ever read a book and forget you are actually reading words on a page and then you go back to real life and think, "Who and where am I?" I certainly have. Watching a movie of my book while I write it is sort of like that. (While editing The Clockshifter I sometimes accidentally refer to the character as myself. LOL)
5. I love making movies. If I don't have the resources to make the movie now, I can at least make it in my mind. :)
Do you ever make a mind movie of your book?
Am I weird for doing this? Comment away!