I have a problem and I am wondering if other writers do too. Or am I the only one with this weird disability. I don't have clear images of characters in my head when I am writing or reading fiction. They are all kind of fuzzy. I can't really make out clear, defining characteristics.
I realized this when I was working on a short story yesterday. I was content in my little fuzzy world until a writing friend said I needed to add more description of the character. No problem, I thought. I can do that. I sat and sat and sat and for the life of me, I couldn't see my character's face. I closed my eyes, took deep breaths, got in the scene--no luck.
You have to understand that my writing background is with magazine and newspaper writing. The people I write about are real and they already have faces, so I don't have a problems there. I have also published personal essays, but once again, those are about real people.
When I read fiction it happens too. I can picture scenes, but I can't create a character in my head. Sometimes I insert a person I know as the character, but most of the time, my characters are fuzzy. Can I get glasses for my brain?
So now my short story is almost done except for those small details about my protagonist. All you fiction writers out there-do you have any suggestions for me? Is there anyone else out there who has this strange problem?