When you think about it, writing books, or writing of any kind I suppose, is a kind of telepathic alchemy.
I think of a scene. Let us say, for argument's sake (because you know I love a good argument), that I am thinking of a scene where a woman is sitting reading. Are we all settled on that image?
So I write, 'I sat down and opened my book'. You see in your mind
But if you sit and think about it, writing is putting little symbols on the page, which the reader then decodes in their own brain (because you are not allowed to go round and act it out for them, I've tried) into scenes and actions. So whatever we writers see in our heads as we write, it is never going to be the same as the reader sees when they read. And yet, somehow, the stories manage to make sense! Which is why it's important, as writers, to properly build the scene as we go along. I mean, if you write 'Steve lay in the grass' and they see
And all because of those little squiggles we call words.
I lied about the kittens.