Monday, December 21, 2009
Writing for Visual Thinkers
Just found Austin Kleon's blog posts on Visual thinking for writers and we're hooked. We can't tell you how many times a child's referred to us for writing problems, but really he or she is a gifted artist with a strong visualization style of thinking and expression. A glance at the school notebook shows a treasure trove of doodles and images. Most schools aren't really made for visual thinkers.
What is visual thinking? The first thing that comes to mind is that it's usually not just visual - most people we ask describe it as multisensory -feeling, images (vivid or vague), sound, touch, even smell or taste. No wonder it's so difficult to put into words - and even harder to put into words quickly. The importance of feelings - you can really see it in Kleon's mindmap at left - is why visual thinkers make such good novelists, impassioned CEOs, and filmmakers - and why they may struggle in schoolrooms and business relationships if they can't connect with a teacher or colleague on some emotional level.
Since Gerald Grow's The writing problems of visual thinkers, there's been disappointingly few practical resources to to specifically help visual thinkers put their ideas into words. Because visual thinkers also tend to be immersive in their thinking style, they have particular trouble sequencing and narrowing ideas.
We hope to get a chance to read Deleon's book - but it's not yet available on Amazon. In the meantime, check out Deleon's posts ideas such as:
- Lay it all out where you can look at it
- Get yourself a calendar
- Mind maps
- Comics without pictures
- Writing the Fibonacci sonnet
- How to books
- Graph a story with Mr. Vonnegut
- Maps of fictional worlds
- Writing on Walls
And speaking of writing on walls, if you haven't seen it, check out this link to a 360 degree video of what one man and $10 of sharpie pens was able to do to redecorate his bedroom.
We'll take a short break from the blog for the Christmas holidays. Blessings and have a great time with family and friends
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Visual and Dyslexic Thinking