Ask Elnora--About being a Superhero??? Lenora Worth
Elnora loves the television show "Castle." But then, most writers do. This week's episode was all about comic book heroes and people who try to emulate them. Of course, we all know that when it involves Richard Castle, it also involves murder. This one was really gruesome. Elnora is far too delicate for such graphics. And Elnora is far too smart to actually believe a human being could split a man in half with a sword in one fell swoop. But ... this is Castle after all. We have to just go with it and enjoy the ride.
After I downloaded the Marvel Comics app on my phone so I could read the new Derek Storm comic book story (written by Richard Castle of course) and alas, couldn't find the new Derek Storm anywhere on the app, I got to wondering--Don't we all have a bit of Super Hero in us? I attended a workshop at ACFW where super heroes and heroines were used as part of the program and I've been pondering this since. Writers are told to be themselves, but I think readers sometimes see us as these rock star super beings who travel with an entourage and stop on a dime to get our pictures taken. Okay, so Elnora loves to pose for a picture with a friend and reader, but let's get back to that Super Hero image.
I do believe we have duel personalities like Spider Man and Super Man and we're definitely multi-taskers like Wonder Woman. (And she does it with fabulous hair and kicking boots!) I also believe we have to keep a little bit of ourselves secret just to stay calm and sane. We have to find that upper room and center ourselves before we go out and hang by a thread during booksignings, or leap over tall buildings to make it to an interview. And we certainly have to put on our protective armor when meeting the public or reading reviews. Even Elnora, with pearls and pumps and a boa (hopefully knitted by Camy Tang or Allie Pleiter), likes to find a quiet place and kick off her shoes and just stare into space. We are labeled introverts when really we just want to write our books and have fun and later .... much later, have a private conversation with our Maker. We enter laughing and we leave doubting but we love our jobs and our readers.
But hey, even Cat Woman had her doubts, right?
So..... what super hero traits do we need to survive? Do we all have a bit of Super Heroine or Hero in us? Let's discuss.