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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!


  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!

  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.

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

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

    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.

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

  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.

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


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