As a reader, and a very visual person, I enjoy picturing the characters and the settings as well as the clothing and the décor of the books I read. As a matter of fact, when it comes to setting, unless I can clearly picture where the characters are, I have this vague sensation that I, along with them, am just floating in the blackness of space. But it’s a careful balance for every author to ensure that they don’t bog down the pace of a book with too much description.
However, while I’m writing, being a very visual person, I need visuals—photos of my characters, blueprints of my rooms, pictures of my locations, snapshots of dogs and doodads—some to verify details, some just for the inspiration. When I first started writing, I gathered these visual prompts into folders on my computer—until I discovered Pinterest!