I've always had difficulty reading fiction. When I read novels, all I get at the end is an impression of what happened.
I've always also had difficulty reading screenplays and "seeing" what's going on.
My belief is that I don't form clear enough mental visions of things. If someone said "two young people are walking down the street" all that appears in my head are two vertical poles vibrating across a sidewalk. I don't see the girl's nice hair, nor the guy's solid physique. Nor do I see the weather, the clouds, the lamp posts, the windows, the whites of anybody's eyes.
When I wake up in the morning sometimes, I get some strange lucid moments where I can really see settings. So I believe the potential is in my brain somewhere.
Some exercises I've tried recently include the following:
- Playing Brain Age
, specifically the following training exercises: Time Lapse, Triangle Division, Syllable Count, Low to High, and Head Count. The idea is that by improving my mental scratch, short-term memory, I can hold more things in my head simultaneously
- Listening to Audiobooks. With audiobooks I can close my eyes and let the details unfold. Also, I feel that when reading books, I get stuck only seeing words.
- Representational Drawing. I'm great at abstract drawing, but to have an idea for something then represent it is something I'm working on.
- "Feature-generating" cognitive exercises. I sit down and present myself with something to visualize, like "two young people are walking down the street" and I start dictating things for me to see, "okay, show me the clouds, show me their eye colors" etc.. and eventually I find the picture slowly comes into focus.
Is there any good places to look for help with this?