Writers Have a Hidden Super-Power

28 Jan

Power of Words

I am here to tell you a secret: Do you know you carry a hidden Super-Power underneath your cloak of shyness? Yes, I can see it. Yes, other writers can see it too. It’s been lying there forever, dormant. Why don’t you release it and see what happens?

As a writer, you have the power to convince. A power to build courage. A power to inspire. A power to change things from the way they are to the way they’d better be and to hold on. And that cloak of shyness is nothing but a STOP sign on your way.

In modern setting, there is hardly a room without words in it. Look around you; what do you see? A bunch of books? A business card lazing on the couch? Post-its on the fridge? Whatever you do, you cannot escape words. Someone on the earth wrote those words. That is the massive power–or better yet Super-Power–of writers who have written something, anything.

A typical day goes with reading a few hundred to thousand words. And if you’re reading a novel, the count-bar is raised. Novels may have 300,000 strokes which bring out shapes that we latter process as “letters”.

A few thousand years ago, the early writers made magic out of thin air. This was the first time they wrote. Can you imagine how life-changing that event was? Perhaps our ancestors got tired of picture-making on walls and dealing with heavy sculptures that they harnessed this innate ability. It is now understood that because writers evolved out of painters and artists, the art of reading evolved in human brain.

Imagine what we would do if the early writers never wrote. Would we still be living in current conditions? Would we have experienced the World Wars? Would we still be as intelligent? As desperate? As passionate?

The trick that writers learnt was the trick or technology of writing. Today, it’s not uncommon to read a dead person’s memoir or advice and there is nothing spooky about it. Of course, the same goes with writings of the living persons. We have the liberty to choose, to indulge into and to enjoy the written art.

For far too long, writers have identified with writing. They’ve called it a curse, a gift, a liability, an elusive mistress, a frustrating endeavour and what not. Can you relate? Whatever it is for you, remember that you have a slick Super-Power ready to work any time you allow it to. Your words will be read in centuries from now, they will influence revolts and new beginnings, they will be loved and swore upon.

Worse, you may not be around to reap the rewards. You will never know what the coming generations will make out of your writing. But that shouldn’t stop you, should it? It didn’t stop our ancestors either.

Of course, not every writing is suited for the current day and hence rejected, but it still is a Super-Power. Perhaps we should store it somewhere as a time-capsule to be opened 100 years from now.

So my question for you: Are you ready to handle this Super-Power? You are, right? Here, then, let me take your cloak of shyness and offer you a comfy writing desk. :)

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17 Responses to “Writers Have a Hidden Super-Power”

  1. T.S. Bazelli January 28, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    “With great power comes great responsibility” LOL I don’t know why the Spiderman movie just came into my head. I’m ready. I just hope I’m using my powers well :)

    • Brown Eyed Mystic January 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      Very well-said, Tessa. True; with power comes responsibility. I would take it further and say, “With great writing comes great responsibility”. A written words can break or make things–it’s up to us how we put it to use.

      -BrownEyed

  2. nrhatch January 28, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    What a wonderful observation, Brown Eyed.

    We can persuade, share beliefs, scatter joy, send love, instill hope, spread passion, etc. . . . all by putting fingers to keyboards or pen to paper.

    Writers wander the earth capturing its magic in words.

    To paraphrase another movie, If you write it . . . they will come. ;)

    Thanks, Brown Eyed

    • Brown Eyed Mystic January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      Thank you Nancy. Yes, we can share ALL of that and More! Imagine that.

      The power of the pen thrills me. It is the most fantastic and brilliant thing that ever happened to mankind, I would say.

      -BrownEyed

  3. Clar Bowman-Jahn January 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Writing was invented five thousand years ago with the Sumarians. I need to write like I need water. Can you believe how time flies? I just hope I put it to good use. Much of it is for selfish reasons. I hope one day to use it to inspire and teach.

    • Brown Eyed Mystic January 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Clar, I see your point. But why selfish? Isn’t writing a service to others? Of course, not all will appreciate what we write, but still. When you write for yourself, it is the best way you can serve the mankind. :)

      So write on.

      I especially got hooked by your comment on how you need writing just as you need water! Wow. You are a beautiful soul with beautiful thoughts, indeed :)

      -BrownEyed

  4. Cities of the Mind January 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Brilliant.

  5. jannatwrites January 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Great post, BrownEyed. I don’t see my words influencing revolts, but perhaps they can entertain those involved in such revolts? At any rate, I am ready to handle the super-power (and I won’t even ask for a cape.)

    • Brown Eyed Mystic January 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      Thank You Janna.

      And of course, you have the power to entertain. ;) You’re one of my favourite writers who handles humour so brilliantly!

      -BrownEyed

  6. Miss Rosemary January 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Oh MY GOSH I LOVE THIS!!!! I love the power to inspire the best.

    • Brown Eyed Mystic January 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank You Rosemary. I agree; Offering instant inspiration to others and the self is one of the seductions of writing ;)

      And thanks so much for the re-post, lovely!

      -BrownEyed

  7. highheelsandslippers January 29, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    Great post! My Super-Power is only truly present when I force myself to sit down and write on the days when I think I have nothing to say! :-)

    • Brown Eyed Mystic January 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      Haha–that’s something we all have to pass through, isn’t it? ;)

      Someone told me once: “You always have something to say–just allow it.”

      What d’ya think?

      Thanks for dropping by.

      -BrownEyed

      • highheelsandslippers January 30, 2011 at 9:34 am #

        Yes I agree that we always have something to say – what’s debatable is whether everything we have to say is worth the air-time! ;-)

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