Tuesday, August 23, 2016


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Vision has been on my mind lately. After two cataract surgeries in two weeks of each other this July, it's no wonder. My dominant eye is now my distance focus and it's happy with anything that's a few feet to any distance. My weaker eye is my close focus--reading. If you've followed my blog at all, you know reading is key to my happiness. My brain is still figuring out how to shift from one focus to another and how to blend them to create depth perception. I'll be honest, the lag of my brain getting the message is a bit disconcerting.

But, I'm getting there. The journey has me thinking about visual detail and how to use it better to draw my readers into the scene. My characters' view points matter. What Laura Grace sees in a home or garden would be very different from Mack. Or Rosemary.

Diana Gabaldon describes using the close and far views to draw readers into what she wants them to see. I like that idea. Now, I need to use my personal experience to utilize visual details more effectively.

What about you? How do you use the visual detail in life or your writing?

Next Week: Pitching Report


  1. This is something I'm working on. World building/description is one of my weak points. I see it all but I'm not getting it onto the page. Wish I could blame it on my eyes. I do need glasses and I'm having more and more trouble seeing the world around me but I don't think I can really lay the blame there.

    Hope your eyes sort themselves out.

  2. Visual detail is one of my weaknesses, too. I'm heart it all so clearly, but have to make myself stop and "see" what's going on. Good luck, Sara!

  3. I use visual details to set the mood in a scene, since I tend to wax a little poetic at times. Also, I love visual cues for communicating what a character is feeling without telling the reader.

  4. I love them too, but struggle to find the words for mine.


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