If there’s one thing a writer or blogger will talk about is the persistent problem of writers block. It can come numerous sources. Boredom, stress, family, work, obligations, distractions; the list is endless.
But there is a book that puts all these problems to shame.
Flywheel: Memories of the open road.
It’s a collection of an automotive monthly magazine put into book form but it is unlike any automotive magazine you’ve ever heard of. This magazine was created by and for Allied prisoners of war during World War Two.
Soldiers imprisoned in Stalag IVB formed a small “car club” called The Muhlberg Motor Club (MMC). A membership of six soon grew to over 200 with most never even owning a car. (Most learned to drive while in the military.)
Not only did they have the challenge of creating stories to write about, but they had to work hard just to get ink and paper! To create colored ink, they stole quinine tablets from the infirmary. The glue binding the pages together was created from their daily millet soup.
Under the stress of imprisonment, these soldiers created storylines, thought of new technologies, wrote and illustrated not only the vehicles of the times but of what the future would bring as featured in a report of an auto show.
Flywheel: Memories of the open road shows that inspiration and creativity can happen in even the worst conditions imagined.