The Superpower I Sometimes Wish I Could Turn Off, But Ultimately Never Will

Let’s get to it. This superpower is closely connected to I.I.T.I., or more like a daytime or intermittent version of it. But that’s neither here, nor there.

Let me explain…

The other day, I was having trouble thinking of an angle for a story—specifically about a character who needed to be curious or afraid of something, and what that object (“fuzz”) would really consist of.

So I decided to basically try to forget about it. As I was doing dishes, a sentence or two that would fit in the story popped into my head.

Being without a pen, paper, or dry hands, I missed the brief story snippets as they leaped through my head.

Frustrating, I say.

I haven’t done research on this or anything, but that’s the subconscious for you. It works on things—kind of like a computer that runs a program, like an antivirus scanner, in the background. It’s there, but you really don’t notice it—until it pops in to alert you it’s done, or it found something.

Kinda like having random ideas pop into your head, at equally random times.

That’s the superpower I’m talking about. Everyone has it, but a lot of the time, writers exercise it to a fuller extent. I’d like to turn the fountain off, so to speak, but if I did, I wouldn’t get a lot of ideas for my fiction, characters, settings, or emails.

Which would be a bit of a sucky deal, as well as a disappointment.

When I think about it, I feel that I could write nonstop for the rest of my whole life and never be done—there’s always more to write, more to learn, and more to be and do.

Have you ever thought of something at a weird time? Or thought you could write almost forever (maybe if you didn’t need to eat or sleep)? Drop me a line—I’d love to hear your take on it.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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