My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Tracy Townsend to talk about her writing superpower of relentless larceny.
Fiction loves the trope of the crook with the heart of gold — the thief who steals only to enrich others, or feed their family, or (because we love to celebrate skill and panache) for the electrifying risk of it, their crimes carefully tailored to fit in their idiosyncratic moral code.
I am not that kind of a thief. I am something far worse: a larcenous writer.
I don’t mean that I steal other writers’ words (I am also a teacher and know all too well the proper place of plagiarists). No, I steal from the lives of the people around me. Given half a chance, I will snatch up everything you have — everything you are. And you can’t stop me. [Read more…]