Words or pictures, how does a person think? Does it depend on the age of a person or the stage of development the person is in? How about the situation the person is in, or a combination of those? As an adult, whether I think in pictures or in words depends on the situation. As a writer, I think primarily in images or scenes; however, my general thoughts about things I need to do usually revolve around words. If I am thinking of a recipe or how to do something at work, my cognition is in words. As a writer, though, when I feel the pull of inspiration, I will imagine a scene in my mind as if I were watching a movie. There are, however, also those moments when a phrase or dialog will enter my awareness as words. Ever since I was a young girl, I have slept with a notepad by my bed to write down my late night or early morning thoughts. I have notebooks in my car, in my purse, and sometimes even in my pocket. When I am less engaged cognitively appear to be when these images of thought or inspiration occur like when I am falling asleep, waking up, or going for a walk, I don’t need to concentrate entirely on what task I am doing. These are my moments of inspiration, but also these can be when a solution to a problem or a new way of looking at a situation just comes to me.
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