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Writer, Inventor, I Am
The ultimate frontier
By  Rowdy Rhodes

You are an inventor, an idea person, who creates from thin air new realities.
Have you ever considered the idea that you are not a writer, but rather an inventor?

Consider some of the great inventors in the past couple hundred years: Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney, Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, the list goes on and on. Consider the Millennium Technology Prize, which in 2006 was awarded to Professor Shuji Nakamura for developing a revolutionary source of light that will be used in applications world-wide to improve the quality of human life.

Now consider what we writers and authors create every day; they put words on a page. You can already see where this line of thought is going. We create unique characters like Tarzan, Spiderman, Lois Lane, Oliver Twist, The Cat Woman, and Jekyll and Hyde. We create settings and places that no one has ever heard of before, until they open the book or read the story, such as Hogwarts and Godric's Hollow (fictional places in the Harry Potter series). Writers have also created tools and items never thought of by scientists, such as Flash Gordon's laser pistol and Obe-Wan Kenobi's light saber.

Gene Roddenberry, best known as the creator of Star Trek, manufactured whole worlds, galaxies, and new species in a universe of creativity. Spin offs from his original concept will live forever through television reruns, DVDs, and book reprints.

Much like automobiles and aeroplanes take drivers and passengers to foreign cities and towns, writers take readers to places, real and imaginary, throughout the universe. We can consider a book a different sort of vehicle.

Actually, many mechanical and scientific breakthroughs came from ideas created by writers. In 1870, Jules Verne wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea about space, air, and underwater travel long before aeroplanes and practical submarines were invented. This book was published long before any means of space travel had been invented. Although he did not physically design and create the aeroplane, submarine, and space shuttle, the notions and descriptions of these forms of travel are inventions themselves.

We all know that a working aeroplane, invented by Wilbur and Orville Wright, first flew on December 17, 1903, and that human space travel did not occur until the 1960s, but it was being written about long before those events happened.

Going with the notion – even for a moment of ostentatious fancy – that you are an inventor can be mentally invigorating, lending inspiration to your creativity. Open your mind and allow for the craziest ideas to come forward and spill onto the page, much like, "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound." That's nuts!

Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster in 1932, the character of Superman is an invention. The Man of Steel became literally an American cultural icon, and that icon was invented by a writer.

So for this month, instead of thinking of yourself as a writer who can fall victim to threats like writer's block, blank-page syndrome, dry spells, and missing the perfect word, remember that you are an inventor!

Your first draft is a rough drawing. Your second draft is a scale model. Your third draft is a working prototype. Your final draft is an invention never before assembled. Then you make it available world wide to benefit and improve the quality of human life.

Your writing makes an impact on the lives of readers. As a writer, you are the inventor. IN Icon

Rowdy Rhodes is the Site Manager of The Freelance Writing Organization International and General Manager of Inkwell Newswatch (IN). He is also known to freelance an article or two when the fancy strikes him. If you are looking for written content for your website, ezine, or print publication, drop him a line at He'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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