It’s a writer’s job to paint a picture with words. We have to describe settings, create movement, elicit sounds and smells, heck, even mimic touch.
Keeping all this going takes a lot of mental power, IMHO.
Personally, I focus on picturing an entire scene in my mind, through my main character’s eyes. I literally try to experience their world as if I *am* them. Colors, sounds, smells, distractions, weather, pain, hunger, emotional states, I want to envision it all.
Granted, not all this information gets catalogued in my novel, but it helps me picture what’s happening and where things are going.
Tell me, what strategies do you use to visualize your scenes?