V is for Visual… I’m a very visual person. Considering how visual I am, I’m surprised I’m not an artist. I didn’t have the patience… or something like that. At a young age I started drawing. I had Garfield down to perfection. One accusation of tracing later, I gave up drawing. Every time I tried to go back, it seemed like too much work to start from scratch and train myself. It would take me forever to get to a level that would satisfy me.
My visual tendency is one of the main reasons I love anime and manga as much as I do. The art style of both catches my attention every time. The old adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover” isn’t totally true with manga. Nine times out of ten, if I like the cover art (usually done by the interior artist unlike American comics), I like the story in the manga. There have been a handful of instances where I found the art style less than enticing but still enjoyed the story but that hasn’t happened often. Or the opposite where the art is nice but the story left much to be desired.
I find a lot of times, in my writing, I have to see something acted out for me to be able to describe it accurately. Getting up and acting something out, finding clips online, people watching — all of it helps. I rely a lot on porn for most of my sex scenes to add variety and so I can get the movements and reactions correct. Not just Tab A in Slot B but hand positioning, body positioning, breathing, sounds, speaking, interaction with their surroundings — all of that helps me craft the scene so my readers can experience it to the utmost.