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Do you see what I see?

Fresh eyes. This is what I could do with every time I open a completed manuscript.

Well, I say completed, but this is the problem, isn’t it?

Some books seem to write themselves, others  one spends an age tinkering with are a true labour of love. This is no idle metaphor either as if it wasn’t for some sort of inner love many manuscripts would have been tossed in the waste bin. Or the electronic equivalent.

And the electronic version is a lot more final so one has to be at one’s complete wits end before one’s hand moves the mouse to the delete button and then Empty Trash.

You know you’ve reached the pit of literary despair when this happens!

But with Fresh Eyes, things are often not so bad. Fresh Eyes can see a way out of the maze; the conundrum of convoluted plot lines, the faltering dialogue and the impossible scenarios that seemed so plausible in the mind while you were sitting on the loo or daydreaming in the shower or narrowly avoiding running into trees during a morning jog.

And this is the dilemma facing almost every writer I suspect. Even more so in the digital age where self-publishing is a mere click away.

Editing left in the hands of the writer might be a perilous exercise.

There is a tendency for writers to mollycoddle a novel; I know I did when I first began to write.

It is not unlike a new parent who wants to regale all and sundry about their kid as if theirs is the first child ever to use a potty.

There are millions of novels as there are millions of babies.

But like a new baby there is something unique in every novel. The key is to bring that voice out into the light.

Hence, Fresh Eyes and why writers are so often ‘clingy’, because they struggle to let go, afraid of the reception their baby will receive once out the door.

But this is the life of a novel. Those first tottering steps after the final full stop is typed onto the electronic manuscript.

Yet, like the baby taking its first few steps, it would be nice to know there is a steadying hand just in case.

Perhaps the ‘solitary road’ will make the writer in the electronic age stronger in the long run?

But for now, all I want is a pair of Fresh Eyes. Can I borrow yours?




15 thoughts on “Do you see what I see?

  1. Progressing slowly this side TFK as I am not really a fan of ebooks but when I get one for free and it’s interesting, I will read it although it takes much more time than taking a paperback or hard-cover and go and lie on the bed or sit on the porch in the sun while reading it. That is much more fun indeed. 😀 I also don’t think my opinion would matter much as I am not that educated in the writing business but what I’ve read so far was interesting, humorous and I love the names you thought up. Very original indeed and I keep smiling at the characters and the names. Thanks again for sharing. 😀 *hugs*

    • Well thank for that bit of unexpected and unsolicited feedback. 🙂

      I was merely thinking out loud,with this post which is pretty much what a large part of blogging is about I suppose?
      I most certainly do realise how uncomfortable it is to read off of a computer screen. Unless I am blogging or researching I struggle like you can’t believe. So you are already a “Better man than I, Gunga din”
      I am hoping this will change when I get a kindle. (I have decided I must become technically savvy in this regard:) and am determined to drag my sorry backside into the 21st century.

      That you are prepared to read it is honour enough as I know this genre isn’t your usual fair.

      Now if only I could have you looking over my shoulder at my books as I write them.

      Fresh Eyes every day! How cool would that be?

      • You are very welcome TFK and indeed, that is what blogging is all about … feedback, feedback, feedback. 😀

        Oh, I would love to have a kindle as well. One day that ship will come in but so far it’s Titanic sequels. LOL!

        You know me too well but I do love humorous, well written novels too, so it’s not causing me any pain, I can assure you. 🙂

        Whahahaha! Oh, you don’t want that for sure! Fresh eyes googling over you shoulder? Nah, it would be the same as back-seat driving and you’ll kill me with your keyboard before the first paragraph is written for sure! Not that I think I can ever write better than you..it’s the talking part that will be a problem. I think we’ll chat more and drink kegs of coffee and tea and drive the Missus crazy and of course, the coffee maker won’t be very impressed either! 😉 So whatever you will think of writing won’t stay on that subject for long. heheheh

      • Yep, have noticed that Le Ark and did call you that but backspaced… put some Tippex over it and changed it…just so I don’t get confused. LOL!

        You are just doing that to confuse me! That is the only reason why you “Came out of the Closet” you…you..you..whatever! 😉

        • Well, as this is my writing blog I might as well get used to seeing my own name.
          But you may call me what you wish.
          In this house it is usually “Oi, You,”

          This is cause for confusion as myself and three dogs all respond, either with a Woof? , Yip?, or You called?

          • Whahahahaha! I can just see it. Here I “Oi” the lot as well, especially Simba when he doesn’t want to listen and then he gets that innocent look on his face ; “Who me?” and then he has the cheek to look behind him as well. 😀

  2. I know whenever I have a project on the go, whether it’s a post, essay or book, that is all I think about. And all my best thinking is done while out walking, or in the shower, which is a bit of a bummer as I’ve had to develop really good memory recall techniques as these scenarios are not conducive to stopping to jot things down on paper.
    I have to say however, that publishing electronically (up until recently I did almost all writing longhand, with the odd exception) has loosened my grip a little on perfection. Normally I would edit and re-edit until I was completely satisfied that what I’d written was nothing but perfection. These days on my various blogs the odd typo is visible (though I compromise on very little else), but generally I don’t change what comes to me first time around, I tend to go with it a lot more. My newly relaxed attitude has definitely had an affect on my writing skills, for the better I would say, except for the annoying typos, brain and fingers don’t always see eye to eye 🙂 !

    • Even after outsider editing there are occasional glitches.
      But I find the brain creates a hundred and one little scenarios – like dreaming – and these don’t always come out as accurately as one sees in the mind’s eye.
      That said, I battled for months trying to solve a plot dilemma in the third book of my Mining of Lif series. It nearly drove me spare, until I forced myself to switch off and let the Universe take care of it.
      It occurred 3 kms into a morning jog. I wrote the whole revised scene out in my head, including dialogue, got home, threw on a track suit, switched on the laptop and wrote it out.
      That has never happened since, more’s the pity.

      Yeah, I wrote my first book, a Sci Fi novel, in longhand. Including two revisions! And it is my longest piece to date 121,000 words. Nearly drove me doolally.

        • [laughing to much to write!] you funny bugger Mr.Zande! But it’s a good point Ark, the thought vaguely crossed my mind earlier, but I dismissed it 😉

        • Very funny. Clever dicks, the pair of you.
          I jog in shorts and a sweatshirt, usually, and chuck on a track suit when I get home.
          This is the southern hemisphere, dontcha know. Besides that particular episode was in summer.
          Sheesh..bloody Australians.

      • I have a couple of book projects like that, left on the back-burner because I hit a brick wall. In my case several years later I have picked one of them back up again and it seems to be flowing pretty well. But I like I said previously, it all comes to me during my daily 5 miles, with no hands free or time to spare!
        I am truly in awe of you writing 121,000 in longhand, you deserve a special Maz award for that. It’s not that I don’t like computers, but I just happen to get a real buzz from pen making contact with paper, despite the hand-ache after a while.

        • It was the first and last book I used long hand. I don’t care what J.K. Rowling says….typing is better.
          Once I have opened up an Amazon account for my work, I may dust the Sci Fi novel off and see what’s what?

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