One challenge for writing JOURNEY was that I had to deal with a major character who was blind. That meant, of course, that in all of Jendai’s (am I spelling that right?) scenes, I couldn’t describe anything that she might SEE–because she couldn’t see. It actually became a useful exercise, because just as she had to rely on all her other senses, so did I. I found myself searching for sounds and smells and textures–all the things a blind girl would notice. Not sights.
I tried not to slip, but it’s hard. In fact, I had a blind character in THE FACE, and an astute reader wrote the other day to point out a place where I had Judson say, “I saw . . .” Oops. If there’s ever a reprint, I’ll have to fix that.
Tomorrow: The editing