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Writers are Super Heroes.

Their Superpowers are: Imagination, Curiosity, and Creativity.

Imagination.

Writers are blessed/cursed with wild, vivid imaginations capable of great things.  Imagination is everything to a writer. It’s a way to preview life’s coming attractions. It’s the ability to change the past in our mind’s eye. Writers imagine stories everywhere. Through our senses, into our minds, we ingest the world around us then reshape it all into new images in our imagination.   

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” I’m not going to argue with Al.

It took me a long time to realize only a few people see stories everywhere. Or have characters bouncing around in their heads.

How many times have you been asked where your stories come from? For a while I said, “The Amazon story store.”  I mean, Amazon sells live lady bugs and rents goats, why not sell stories?  BTW I had to stop because too many asked me for the link.

Curiosity.

An author’s professional curiosity begins with, can I write a book? Should I write a book? How do I write a book? Their personal curiosity keeps the joy in writing.

The curiosity superpower can take you places. Asking a perfect stranger in line at the Post Office a question could lead to a romance or lifelong friendship.

Curiosity isn’t just asking questions, it’s challenging yourself to come up with your own discoveries. A genealogy search might uncover family secrets and lost relatives. Being curious gives you the courage and confidence to step out of you comfort zone. Are you curious and courageous enough to taste python pizza? Discover how many shots of grappa it takes to make you drunk? Even if it’s a tiny bit, for the briefest moment take your curiosity to the next level and discover new experiences to use in your writing.  Curiosity ignites the imagination and fuels the creativity tank.

Creativity.

Authors are creatively diverse beings. Every author I know has many creative talents. Spending time with those other talents can help nourish the writing beast. Take a look at your other talents and see what they have in common with writing. In sewing you need a pattern—writing you have a plot.  In sketching a face you have the basic features. Head shape, jaw, ears, nose eyes. How those features are shaped make the face unique. With a book you plot, or not, decide on the setting, characters, genre. Then you fill in the story details to make it unique.   

With knitting and crocheting it is one stitch at a time culminating in a great design. Same with writing. When you sit down to write every word inside you doesn’t rush out at once like a water fall onto the page. You write one word at a time culminating in a great book.

On creativity Ray Bradbury said~ “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

How have you used your Super Powers today?

 

I write the Under Fire series about extraordinary women and the men they love. Military heroines. A Coast Guard helicopter pilot. A Coast Guard admiral. A Marine Corps Intelligence officer. A Federal agent who works closely with Special Ops men. Women at the top of their field in a man’s world. They don’t want a man to take care of them they want a man who will accept them for who they are and stand shoulder to shoulder with them in their adventures.

Last year my imagination, curiosity and creativity got the best of me and I published Let Me Tell You a Story A collection of eight twisted and tattered tales from the odd side that will give you giggles and shivers, tears and sighs. It felt amazing to finally free these characters from my mind and put them on the page.

 

You can find out more about me on my web site.  

Thanks for stopping by,

Rita

 

 

 

 

14 responses to “Writers are Super Heroes.”

  1. Addison Fox says:

    Oh Rita – I LOVE this!!!! And am happily going into my weekend ready to use my superpowers!! 🙂

    Addison

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  2. Rita, I never thought as my writer talents as being superpowers, but I think you’re on to something. I know I use the talents in other areas of my life, such as helping kids with school projects or even coming up a creative way to open a jar. Wow!

    And I love Bradbury. This quote> lightbulb moment. When I listed my non-strengths on Shelly’s Wednesday blog, I listed lack of focus. But it’s not lack of focus, I’m actually over thinking every word. I know this and yet it alluded me.

    Thank you for this blog.

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    • Rita Henuber says:

      I have those over thinking days also. LOL! Plus it’s way more fun to let those words flow like smoke from your fingers to the page. You can go back later and clean up the smudges. 🙂

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  3. PennyH says:

    I’ve been finding out that I can’t sit on my other creative outlets, it made me miserable and more locked up to focus only on writing last year. I’ve just gotten back into art & I’m going to study character archetypes via art by going “Over the Rainbow” maxed-media from Oz art course (Wizard of Oz focus). I’m really looking forward to it. It’s giving my stinkin’ thinkin’ a break and letting me learn to trust the mess more.

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    • Rita Henuber says:

      Penny, the art course sounds very interesting. I sometimes sketch my characters. One I recently did showed me his scar and led to more insight to his character. When I began writing I had an archetypes list. Our amazing Ruby Hope Ramsay hooked me onto Archetype Cards by Caroline Myss. You can find them on Amazon.

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  4. Such empowering thoughts to round out my week – thanks! I haven’t been doing much writing lately. Kind of rebuilding my strength. But even in the superhero stories, the heroes need breaks to recoup before the big fight. I like thinking about it like that! LOL

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  5. Agreed, Rita! Imagination, in particular, is powerful. It can takes us places near and far and through both light and dark. It can entertain, uplift, terrify, and soothe. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Elizabeth Langston says:

    I was eating lunch with a friend a few months ago, and an attractive man walked by. I said, “He’s hot.” And she said, “That’s disloyal to your husband.”

    I responded with “No, it’s not. That’s my writer’s brain at work.” Then I proceeded to give her a 500-word description of him, complete with details about his clothing, hair cut, earring, etc. She responded “I can’t believe you got all that from him walking by.”

    “Yes, I did, and he will end up in a book.”

    That’s the thing with imagination. It allows you to take what appears to be ordinary and turn it into extraordinary.

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  7. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    I love the crocheting and knitting analogy as I am a knitter. I should treat my writing more like my knitting in that I don’t get frustrated with myself if I don’t finish a project in my time-line. I just keep going, even if it is only a few rows at a time, looking ahead to the finished product. So, in equating rows to sentences, a few at a time is still forward progress.

    Also, am a fan of sci-fi and had heard the Ray Bradbury quote before…thanks for the reminder!

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