Okay, so, most of the way through my fantasy novel, and I've decided that I'm not quite sure I'm happy with the abilities that my MC has been gifted with. Quite frankly, it just feels too easy/convenient. I've spent most of today mulling this over as well as doing some other research and I'm stumped. I know that whatever direction I go, I will be in for a major overhaul during revision. ugh! My MC is an 18 year old who starts the story thinking she's normal... but as this is the age where abilities manifest, she begins having dreams. Her dreams begin telling her things that have actually happened in the past in another place. She soon discovers these aren't ordinary dreams, but more like visions of things that happened...giving her information about a life she knew nothing about. I'm happy with this ability, and it has caused her as much trouble as it has done good for her. Now, another ability that she has that soon becomes apparent to her is the ability to compel people to do as she says. They become very inhuman when responding to her commands and simply do as she says. She has hangups about treating people this way, but other than that, this ability comes with no issues for her. She is then able to use this ability to help herself when the antagonists come after her... a little too convenient. So... opinions are welcomed and appreciated. From a readers' perspective, does this ability seem too convenient.. a rip off? scrap the ability all together? keep the ability but add limitations and consequences? If so, what might they be? She will, much later discover that she will be able to actually use any ability that she's seen in her visions, but that will be after a lot of having to make due without, and having to make several "puzzle pieces" fit together just so. Thanks so much... I've just hit a mental wall at the moment.