‘I have no mind’s eye’: what is it like being an author with aphantasia?

‘I have no mind’s eye’: what is it like being an author with aphantasia?

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By: Mark Lawrence | ‘I have no mind’s eye’: what is it like being an author with aphantasia? | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Fantasy novelist Mark Lawrence has no problem with imagination – so it was a shock to realise he couldn’t picture anything in his mind

‘Picture this,” someone says. “A juicy green apple. Can you see it?”

Of course I can’t see it. My head is filled with all things apple; the central concept connects with myriad associated topics: orchards, trees, red apples, rotting apples, cider, blossom, an endless web that spreads along more and more tenuous connections. But of course I can’t see it. I usually say yes, though, because I assume it’s a figure of speech.

Wings rose above the holothaur’s back, a black suggestion of flight, reaching to the vaulted ceiling to merge with the shadows there.

Mark Lawrence is the author of The Broken Empire series. His latest book, The Girl and the Stars, is published on 30 April by HarperVoyager.

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