I have often wondered how certain mystery/fiction writers have that ability to ‘paint’ a word picture when describing a certain scene. Wilbur Smith can transport the reader into the African bush veldt when describing the herds of wild animals being hunted by lions or James Patterson’s ability of allowing you to visualize the meeting of the ladies in his Woman’s Murder Club series. It is like he is allowing you to pull up a chair and join them.
Today I learnt that this may have something to do with ‘visual imagery’ and how some people experience it. In certain cases, there are some people that have no ability at all & suffer from what is called aphantasia. At the other end of the scale we have book illustrators who are super visualizers or highly developed hyperphtasia.
Writers are not the only ones that develop these skills. Sports coaches use various techniques to aid sportsmen and women. Life Skills coaches assist business people to improve their successes in their respective fields of endeavour.
Whatever is your chosen path to develop these skills, like writing, it takes practice and the more you practice the better you become at it.