The Gift of Listening
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Jade Bald
April 2018
Contributor
Written by
Jade Bald
April 2018

I sit here, listening to an audiobook. I was never one for audiobooks before-what's the point of hearing a book being read when you can read it just fine? - Then I read or was told to in one of many creative writing courses that listening to a book being read can be beneficial when it comes to writing.You don't have to focus on the words on the page, or the words themselves, you only have to listen and follow along.It frees your hands up to clean or scarf down chocolate (or whatever indulgence you enjoy). It makes you feel like you've been transported back to the 1920s or 1950s, before colour tv, let alone Netflix, Acorn tv, or Britbox existed. A time of soap operas, which women listened to as they did the house work, their handicrafts, or cooked meals.They did not have the luxury of images on a screen, but only their imaginations.I believe we've become lazy writers and lazy imaginators in general. We watch tv,/movies and can see an actor wearing a specific costume, in a specific setting, with speciifc music or sound emiting through the speakers, only breaking when script dialogue is said.We're more likely to read books that have been or are being made into movies or tv series. I sometimes believe that authors are having to fit their literary imaginations into molds that would suit the screen. Perhaps I'm right, or perhaps I'm wrong, I don't think I'll ever know.

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