Thursday, February 05, 2009

Language as virtual reality

Some of us bookworms already knew this, but interesting stuff nonetheless.

-- Miriam


  1. Fascinating. Halfway through I was thinking "virtual reality" before he mentioned it.

  2. Absolutely. Writing, it only follows, also creates simulations in the mind. I always imagine my characters and events in a cinematic way, just like Stephen King and his famed "third eye". This is the real reason why almost all of King's books have been turned into movies. Not because he was trying to go for cinematic appeal. That's just how his novels are realized and imagined.

    Same with me. Being able to simulate real life in your head when you're in the zone is invaluable when you're trying to delineate complex characters, establish and maintain lively, realistic and informative dialogue (which is a great way of avoiding the dreaded expository lump).

    It works both ways, for writers and their readers alike. When I'm truly inspired it's as if I'm living in a neverending movie in an organic VR environment.

  3. Stories do what TV cannot: they help us construct images from our own experiences and imaginations. And yes, I knew this already too. They wouldn't have to put me into an MRI machine to convince me -- and thank God for that.