When you're all writing your stories, professional, amateur and all, how do you envision the events occurring in your head?
I'm just asking because I've sat through a lot of fan-fiction and often found the structure of the writing to be little more than a script wrote in the form of a novel. Or you can at least trace back that the writer was thinking of it as a TV episode or film. (I have really read a lot, I used to edit a newsletter)
Examples of this could be describing a mysterious man by mentioning visual things like his rank, race, and age, how he stays in the shadows, etc. While in a book you could tell the tale from his point of view while omitting who he is or some other clever way that I’m not smart enough to know.
When setting the scene I find odd bits of detail. Envisioning the scene as if you were storyboarding it would be "A hovercar flies overhead", which is too detailed with a director’s precision, but in a novel you'd may well mention that hovercars fly overhead but not that it ideally happens at that moment.
Worst of all is dialogue that is little more than the too-ing and fro-ing of a script with little detail in how people are feeling, how they put across what they are saying, etc.
I openly admit that this is how I see the events unfold in my head, but I do everything in my power to hide that fact. To be completely honest, I’m currently writing a major argument between two avatars of good and evil and it is heavily set in my head that it is in the wind and rain because it would ‘look’ cool. Would it in a book?
I hear the way to become a better writer is to read a lot of books. I’d imagine this is so you can learn how they structure the writing and use it yourself. Do those who read more than they watch see the events differently? But on the flipside, is it a good idea to use some of these movie visualisation techniques in a book to make it easier to read for people more versed with television?
btw, I'll not lie to ya, I posted this on another forum too, but I'd like to hear your opinions too