Friday, April 30, 2010

Eagle Eye



When I look at my art, whether sketches or paintings, I have something of an eagle eye. I can see the most minute problems from any distance. They stand out, they scream, "FIX ME! I'M RIGHT HERE!" Sometimes, they add character to the art, other times it really is an issue that needs to be fixed.

Writing is no different. Last night I had the opportunity to scan through a rough draft of a short story, that I needed to submit, and I saw the glaring issues. My eagle eye shot through all the bull and went straight for the kill.

Question: Is it easy or difficult to spot the trouble in your WIP? I'm not talking about grammar or spelling. I'm not even talking about formatting in any way. I'm talking about the story trouble. Those loop holes or issues that take a story from being sub-par to great.

3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I think every writer has blindspots. Some problems I can pick out easily. Others require a fresh eye.

David J. West said...

I'm with Charles, sometimes when you get so used to a story, you glaze over things that seem so clear to you but are glaring to a new reader.

Voidwalker said...

Agreed. I don't catch everything, but every so often I feel like I got me some heat seaking vision for my craptastic errors :)