Writers have some weird super powers. No seriously, we do. Want to know what they are? Keep reading, and I’ll tell you what they are.
Abnormal Finger Strength and Dexterity
Writers do a lot of typing, a lot of writing by hand, or both. Which means that over time we develop some pretty awesome finger strength and dexterity.
With all of the work we do using our fingers, we could probably become professional thumb wrestlers.
Like all skills, our finger strength and dexterity will improve with practice, so make sure you schedule some time for writing this week.
As writers, we can develop super speed from our speed writing sessions.
Have you ever seen a writer with an approaching deadline? Their fingers will be flying across the keyboard so quickly, you won’t even be able to tell that they’re writing.
One of the reasons for this is the very satisfactory nature of hearing the quick and rhythmic taps of keys on a keyboard, or the soothing sounds of a pen scratching away at some paper.
No matter the case, writers can really speed up when the pressures of time constraints are placed upon us.
Ability to Dramatically Narrate
This is probably my favorite super power.
There are so many times throughout the day when my inner narrator decides to turn on, and a simple activity like making breakfast becomes a moment full of conflict and character.
My inner narrator loves to do one thing, and one thing only: narrate dramatically. And he will start narrating at the drop of a hat, any hat.
Before the hat even hits the floor with a thud, he will burst into the room, spouting dialogue about the current situation. Then he’ll stalk over to the hat, brush it off, and toss it to whoever dropped it.
The person who dropped the hat will take it back, with a scowl on their face. They restrain themselves from interrupting the dramatic narration that goes on, but it takes obvious effort.
At last, the person speaks up.
“Why are you narrating my every move?”
“I’m the narrator, and I’ll narrate at the drop of a hat,” he’ll reply. “And you just dropped a hat.”
I suppose it’s a good thing I’ve learned not to talk to myself in public, or else I’d be getting a lot of weird looks.
Knowledge of Strange Facts
Lastly, writers have an ever increasing knowledge about strange facts. This comes from the research we do for our writing, and of course that research turns strange quickly.
How much blood does a person have to lose before they go into hypovolemic shock? They have to lose over 40% of their blood.
Where were Labrador retrievers first bred? In Newfoundland, a province in Canada.
What colors were will-o’-the-wisps? They were bluish-purple, but attempts to reproduce them in laboratory environments have appeared green.
The diversity and strangeness of a writer’s knowledge depends on the writer, as different genres will require different kinds of research.
Did I miss any super powers that writers have?
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