For Every Penny…
How nice would it be if you could put some coins into a vending machine and then instead of getting chocolates or a can of pop, ideas jumped into your head? The proverbial bulb would light up in a single burst of incandescence and… voila: instant inspiration.
When I’m out of ideas for too long, especially when it comes to writing, more specifically writing on a certain topic, I start thinking of the inventions in books like Rita Skeeter’s (the reporter who hates Harry Potter) fabulous pen that writes what she thinks. That would be so cool, save the fact that Mrs. Skeeter tortures Harry Potter with it. Imagine if there were something like an app that could resemble aforementioned pen, then you’d have to connect your brain up to a computer and…. Come to think of it, that’s scary. Maybe the Skeeter pen’s not such a great idea.
Of Muses and Whatnot
The next one isn’t technically an ‘invention’ in the sense that it’s not a machine or implementation device. I’m referring to Steven King’s muse – the fat man in a suit smoking a cigar who he imagines as a businessman he negotiated with. Very bureaucratically, you make a deal with him. Steven King must be a great negotiator since he’s always writing, right?
I imagine my muse more like the ghost of Christmas present from the movie Scrooged (1988), with Bill Murray. Played by Carol Kane, with her sweet voice and bad temper. (If you don’t know Bill Murray’s movies, that means I’m way older than you. But you should see that movie as well as Groundhog Day (1993) and Lost in Translation (2003) and… okay, I’m a Bill Murray fan). So this Carol Kane looking muse with her fairy wings, would whack me on the head (ouch) and tell me to get on with it and then: inspiration, yay!
It would be great if the idea vending machine, magical pen and the fairy muse with a bad temper really existed.
Do you have a wish list of any imaginary inventions, people or anything similar to help you write?