Monday, 28 April 2014

X-Ray Vision


Think about the sort of superpowers you might like to have. What would be on your list?

  • x-ray vision
  • mindreading
  • predicting the future
Well I'm here to notify you that all your dreams have come true because as a writer you get to have all of these superpowers and you don't even have to wear the x-ray vision glasses either.


When I'm writing a new character I've get given the gift of x-ray vision and you do too. I can see all the way through my character. I know about her physically, what she looks like, what she smells like and how she likes to colour her hair even though she thinks everyone else thinks it's natural - yeah right!  I can even tell you her blood group if I want and about her childhood illnesses. I know her traits, her characteristics, all the things she loves and hates. I know her weaknesses, her fears and her vulunerabilities. I know what she does when nobody else is around and I know her favourite music and her favourite books and her favourite friends. I also know the thoughts she holds and the things she says to others and the things that she holds back. I can even see and create her future - I can make it rosy and bright or completely screw it up. I can predict whether she will find love or live forever on her own. I can influence whether she will overcome what's been holding her back or whether she'll remain in that horrid stuck place making the same mistakes over and over. I alone have the power to create her ending.

Isn't is amazing that something like writing should open us to this whole avenue of superpowers. One word of warning though - don't let the power go to your head. Use it wisely!




8 comments:

  1. I love this thought process. I never considered the angle of x-ray vision into the characters. If I ever decide to write the book going through my head, I will have to keep this in mind!

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  2. Thanks for dropping by Melanie and glad you liked this post. And do start your book - there's always room for one more. Good luck with your writing journey.

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  3. Great post. It's quite empowering to know we have these superpowers as writers! ;-)

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    1. Hi Jessica, yes indeed. I'm waiting for when we get the ability to fly!

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    2. So right. This was cute. I need to do some time travel in the story sitting in my brain. Have to go back and find out what put my character in the place she is in.

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    3. Ahh - another superpower - time travel. Hope you enjoy the journey back in time.

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  4. Since I write third-person omniscient, I definitely have X-ray vision into all of my characters. Sometimes I feel bad for a character when I think about what's coming down the pike for him or her in another book, or later in the same book.

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    1. I know Carrie-Anne - a lot of responsibility comes with these superpowers of ours :-)

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