|Here I am in London, trying to notice things that others don't.|
"The world is full of obvious things which nobody ever notices."Like many quintessential quotes from Sherlock Holmes, this one resonates because it's so clearly true and yet we may never have thought about it.
-- Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chapter 3
As a great detective, Holmes sees all of those things. (If you want to learn how to see all or most of them yourself, read Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.)
In some ways, the art of the mystery writer is exactly the opposite: I try to make sure you don't see those obvious things called clues. I insert them casually, or just before an action scene that distracts you, or in the midst of a comic episode. Most important of all, I try to make sure it looks like I'm giving you the information for some reason other than the fact that it's a clue.
So, is it easier to see the obvious or to hide the obvious? I'm not sure!