Pointillism: the theory or practice in art of applying small strokes or dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together.
Isn't this what we do as writers? Individual letters become words which become sentences, paragraphs, scenes, chapters, and novels.
Yet, if we're too close, we can't see anything but the one color block, the one giant dot in front of our nose, which is why it's good to:
- let a manuscript rest before hitting it with edits. Getting some space and time away from your own work helps you come at it with a fresh eye.
- get an objective opinion from an editor or critique partner who can point out what you are too close to see.
When you get the proper distance from your work, you can stand back and see the overall picture. The thousands of words, hundreds of paragraphs, dozens of scenes and chapters can all coalesce into a beautiful picture.