I read the line
"It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats - the hobbit was fond of visitors."
my brain thinksOh, great description. I like the use of "shiny yellow brass" against the word "green."
I like the colon placement.
The structure in this sentence works well, etc., etc....
then my brain switches to this
Or something like it.
See, I think in words first. Since I'm a writer, I usually analyze word use and structure before I let an image crowd my brain. This all happens boom, boom, boom, really fast. The point is that I first internalize and analyze the words - probably more than I should if I'm trying to casually read. Do all readers do this? Only writers? I'm trying to get past this and just read the dang story, but I'm finding it difficult. I've always read this way, even during my 5-year hiatus from writing.
I know a reader must first read the words, of course, and their brain must translate them into meaning and images, but how many of you analyze the words before finally settling on the image and moving onto the next sentence or paragraph?