The Writer Automaton

Looking for some inspirational writing films on Google videos the other day I came across this short film. It features a writing automaton called The Writer  created in the 1770s by one of the greatest Swiss watchmakers of all time – Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

The narration is exceptionally eloquent and thought-provoking. I love the idea Jaquet-Droz was attempting to “mechanise reason and automate the passions” and that “all his energy was inside him,” in the shape of more than six thousand miniature components. By changing the alphabet at the back of the boy, he can be “programmed” to write anything.

The writer was the inspiration for the automaton in the 2011 3D film Hugo based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Just imagine if the boy could really write…

Need Inspiration? Just Watch This.

I have been spending a half hour or so each morning watching soul-stirring stuff on the wonderful Ted Talks site. It never fails to deliver.

And in case you think your heart strings can't be tugged any more, that the hairs on the backs of your arms are immune to rising in response to a few well-chosen words, that you have your tear ducts well under control, just watch this. Truly, truly inspirational.


Could You Write a Novel in 30 Days?

Regular readers will know how big  a fan I am of the inspirational Ted Talks. I came acoss this one from Matt Cutts called Try Something New For 30 Days. The basic idea is that if you  devote just 30 days to making a small but significant change in your life, who know what might happen?Research has shown it takes between 21 and 28 days to instill a new habit and almost anyone can keep going for a month, can't they? 

In the video he mentions how he wrote a 50,000 word novel in 30 days when he took part in National Novel Writing Month. He says it isn't a brilliant one, but at least he did it! I found it very inspirational, I hope you do too.



Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir

The Internet is an incredible place sometimes, with special people doing groundbreaking and truly beautiful things. 

I came across this new Ted Talk from composer Eric Whitacre who has put together a virtual choir of over 2000 people from all over the world who uploaded their solos on YouTube. Not only is the music breathtaking but the video itself is also a work of creative genius and quite spinetingling. Eric's talk explains how he began the first virtual choir and also samples his latest Choir 2.0 singing 'Sleep'.





Book Launch 2.0 Video

This award-winning spoof video called Book Launch 2.0 isn't new, but if you haven't seen it before I guarantee you'll find it absolutely hilarious. Even if you don't know the publishing world it will strike a chord. As our American friends say: Enjoy!