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Writer, Inventor, I Am
By Rowdy Rhodes
November, 2007, 07:48

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 rowdyrhodes@fwointl.com. He'll get back to you as soon as possible.



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