Two nights in a row now, I've skimmed the Advance Reader Copy for Fairer than Morning. It's only seven weeks until release. I try to imagine how those words will appear to someone reading them for the first time.
And I can't. I'm word blind, text blind, story blind, whatever you want to call it. I can read little chunks, but I can no longer absorb the story as a whole, as an organic development from beginning to end. I have read it too many times, edited it, proofread it word by word in the galleys.
And I'm kind of glad I can't read it right now. That way, it's all a big mystery to me. It's almost as if I didn't even write it myself.
It's also helpful because I'm working on my third novel, and I'm glad I can't be distracted by random thoughts about the first novel. I can finally relax and enjoy the process of original creation, in a way I haven't really been able to enjoy it for weeks.
The funny thing is, I know that I'm word blind in a different way as I write this first draft of novel #3. I've switched off the editing side of my brain so I don't worry too much about an adverb here and there, or word echoes, or any of the other stuff that drove me batty in the galley stage of Fairer than Morning.
Word blindness can have blessings.
Do you get word or story blind? Can you switch it on and off? What do you do when you go word or story blind, but you're not finished editing? Do you have any tricks to enable yourself to read your story again with new eyes?