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How to Invent Something

Inventing made easy! Every day my head spins with new ideas for inventions. Everywhere I look I am inspired to invent something useful, helpful, or just something that doesn’t exist yet.

So far all I’ve come up with are the ideas; I’ve never followed through and actually had the product or idea made, but I reckon the initial idea is the hardest (and funnest) part.

Why Invent?

I am one of those people that my mum calls “creative”. I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse, but everywhere I look my mind throws ideas at me. But to come up with ideas you don’t need to be a creative person necessarily, you just need a brain. And if you’ve read this far you must have on of those!

Some people invent things out of necessity, some to make money, some to fill a missing gasp, others to help in some way, some for the recognition, and others for the mere thrill of it. My invention ideas are just a way of exercising my brain, and having a good laugh.

How to invent?

How do you come up with that million dollar idea? Will it just drop into your lap, or will you have to stare at your laptop for years? Who knows, but the only way to find out is to start right now. They say that if you can come up with a list of 100 new inventions, 1 of those will be marketable, needed, and make you some money. What if that was the first one on your list? What if the next idea is “the one”? Gee, you better have a notepad ready just in case. (Admission: I carry a pen and notepad with me everywhere, don’t leave home without them).

The formula!

Okay, here is the simplest way to get started: I call it “finding holes in the universe”. You find the holes, then fill them with a new invention (well, the idea for an invention anyway).

Answer these questions:

  1. What was the last thing you did? (my answer: ate a pizza)
  2. What would make the last thing you did better? (my answer: being able to see the pizza while I carried it from the front to the back of the house)
  3. What was annoying about the last thing you did? (my answer: I didn’t know what to do with the leftover piece, I didn’t want to throw it out that would be a waste, and i don’t like day old pizza)
  4. Examine your answers closely. The idea for the invention is actually right there. Think of three ways of making those answers happen. Think of a silly way (the stupidest way you can think of), a technical way (if you had any gizmo in the world to fix the problem), and think of a superhero way (you have super powers, you can shrink things, expand things, fly to the moon and use your x-ray vision or a supersonic laser beam – think BIG!). Then refine those crazy ideas if you like any of them.

Here are my answers to give you the idea

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  1. EdRoberts

    On October 5, 2007 at 8:23 am


    This author makes me want to disinvent typing; thus saving myself from having read this.

    Obviously, the lesson to be learned here, is that eating pizza causes brain damage…

  2. David A

    On October 7, 2007 at 7:16 pm


    Very encouraging – I like the sound of the Mutton Mitten!

  3. G DeLander

    On October 30, 2007 at 4:54 am


    Well, that’s not how I have invented in the past, but I can sure see how that line of thought could work! I might try it out myself. Good luck to all would-be inventors, it’s not as easy as it sounds… Graham.

  4. hhrd

    On April 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm


    thanks for the tips

  5. nasir

    On April 10, 2008 at 1:47 am


    This inventing thing is really great.I wish i can invent a robot.

  6. Nancy

    On April 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    thanks 4 the tip any waay

  7. cool kid

    On April 19, 2008 at 10:42 am


    i really wanted to like get some help with my project i have the idea i just dont know how to build it!when im skating i hit alot of rocks i would say my idea but i dont want you to still it.

  8. Lucy

    On May 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    Wow!I loved it.you gave me an idea how to invent something.i have a project and i have to invent something.I have already thought of something good and it has to do with eletricity.Well its not very very great invention but at least u invented somthing.Yeah almost forgot good luck with inventing other things^_^.

  9. Cody

    On May 6, 2008 at 7:06 pm


    I dodnt really got what the invention was but i know that ur rain is full of knowledge.I hope that u will invent many other things and that u will become an millionair.goodluck!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Anonymous

    On May 9, 2008 at 9:38 pm


    But I don\’t wanna give you a share of the millian dollars.. WAHHHHHH I don\’t wanna lose money, that makes me emotional and sadish… WAAHHHHH

  11. led zeppelin rules :)

    On June 15, 2008 at 7:45 am


    I find that it helps if think in reverse (like instead of shrinking the pizza to fit, expand your stomach). And why do you need to see your pizza when you carry it from the front of your house to the back? :) good way of inventing though, and I like the thing about 1/100 list.

  12. COOKIES

    On June 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm


    i wounder does any one like pie

  13. mr. nopatience

    On July 11, 2008 at 10:34 pm


    im too young and my idea’s is too big how do i get started, i can’t wait till i grow up and earn money and then start i’ll be a 100 years old by the time i finish it. What do i do ive gt no money to start with either? Sum1 help ?

  14. Colton

    On September 13, 2008 at 1:07 pm


    He inspired me to try to invent something. i have been trying for a long time to come up with something and he gave me the perfect place for me to start. thankyou so much for helping me. i want to by a laptop so inventing something that people will use will get me the money for the laptop and more. i will give 10% to my church and leave the rest for me and my family. thankyou again for the advice

  15. Maahi

    On September 25, 2008 at 7:00 am


    very good

  16. ahmed

    On October 1, 2008 at 12:41 am


    thats give a motivation,i’d like to invent something thats can be helpful to houses.

  17. arianna

    On October 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm


    do u havean idea of what I can invent??

  18. Khrisha Nicole U. Abella

    On October 17, 2008 at 3:46 am


    my invention is a compowderyou know it can text like a cellphone and it can call like a cellphone it can take picture and the one who call you can see you if she only have a compowder and you can see her and it can be a computer but it wont chang into a forming or something and it can copy adress or a thing or shose or a song using laser it can copy in cartoons dress or shose o9r thing and you can use internet explorer no using philcomand chating and it can be a tv the channel is only disney and it can be an mp3 you can hear thesongs that5 you copy and it can copy a movie then you can whatch and the last all the games of the computer will be ther

  19. sherrodwilson

    On October 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm


    i am a kid and want to invent something

  20. twinkle star

    On November 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm


    i have no idea what to invent i was thinkin to make a radio lik just improve it lik mak all stations work without a antena or scratching up.

  21. Joey

    On November 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm


    I liked it because it had funny parts. You give me tons of ideas! Thank you very much!!! BYE!!!!!!!!!!

  22. einstein

    On November 24, 2008 at 12:40 pm


    good thoughts, but i’d rather take the advice of someone who HAS made their million dollars.

  23. thahira

    On December 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm


    It was really very helpful and motivating… i just had a very bad experience in presenting my idea.I was ver stressed out.thanks

  24. EdRoberts

    On December 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm


    I didn’t mean to leave that last comment. I thought you did a good job.

  25. GlenMan

    On January 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm


    I’d like to invent a spellcheck system so that all these would be inventors could spell correctly and use correct grammar and puncturation. Oops, it’s already been invented. I must invent something that gets them to use it.

  26. unknown

    On February 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm


    I don’t understand what you just wrote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Anon

    On March 2, 2009 at 8:53 am


    Me either

  28. victor

    On March 22, 2009 at 9:45 am


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  29. poo

    On March 22, 2009 at 9:50 am


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  30. super man

    On April 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm


    i don’t know what to do

  31. Stephen

    On April 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm


    Free Games at ROBLOX. Check out what I have been building lately!

  32. altear77@gmail.com

    On April 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm


    hi everybody, i am 15 years old, and I am going to be an inventor. I just don’t know… i guess the steps of how… right when i finish high school, where do i go? probably college, but in what degree. after that, who do i talk to about my ideas. how will i pay to invent the products in order to sell them. i graduate in 2 years. im starting to wonder. please, if anybody can fill me in that would be wonderful. im completely lost yet i want to do this so much. please e-mail me and let me know. i would appriciate it

  33. Martin

    On May 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm


    Wow! really great help…
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  34. Hue G. Rection

    On May 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm


    I like the sound of this

  35. kevin

    On June 11, 2009 at 12:45 am


    I think the author was drunk at the time this went to air. As for the 15 year old, most of the questions you ask will be answered as you journey through college and University. Try to invent something that will make people explode when they do bad things (real bad things).

  36. Mana

    On June 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm


    The guy that made the first comment (Ed) is a jerk-off is just a hater since he himself must be a hole in the universe! but i liked the inventor tips very much and if i make a million dollars i will send you some money dude.

  37. Mana

    On June 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm


    the hater part of my comment goes for kevin too and any other haters that posted a comment!!! Do you guys ever think that you hate so much because you got no time to try improve the world because you’re too busy putting down other peoples’ efforts?!?!!

  38. LISA

    On July 6, 2009 at 7:49 am


    VERY TIRED

  39. mr inventor

    On July 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm


    i don’t have any idea about what u sayed

  40. Christian

    On August 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm


    I thought your ideas were eye-opening. Made you think about things differently. If everyone thought for a second about all the really unnecessary inventions that have been marketed in the last five years , it would amaze you that everyone of those people became MILLIONAIRES. SO MARKET YOUR IDEAS PEOPLE! . Also remember, people buy things just because someone else bought it, so get one person to buy it and the millions will come! I speak from experience , Put your product out their , it WILL SELL!

  41. Edgar

    On September 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm


    I think that his way of coming up with new inventions is really helpful because you can think of more than one new invention with this process..like the technological side and the normal manufacturing side of the see through box….wow as I was typing this I came up with an idea that could actually work and it could be useful, handy, and wireless.. :D

  42. Edgar

    On September 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm


    For the person who posted this process of coming up with new inventions ….I thought of an idea that could benefit us both if you’d like ….but it seems like people would like it and it would be helpful …but yeah if you read this comment RESPOND TO IT …

  43. inventer

    On October 10, 2009 at 8:36 am


    i have many idea’s but to invent theme ,, i dont understand what you all write…,all bla bla bla

    email me if any one like to invent something with my idea’s

    50% share ]

    Thank’s
    asrarshaikh1 @ gmail.com

  44. John Stupid

    On November 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm


    There are some stupid stupid people out there, and judging by the fact that I read every single post here, I am indeffinitely one of them.

  45. FrEaKySciEnTisT.com

    On November 19, 2009 at 3:24 am


    I have an idea thats gonna blowwwwwwwwwww ur mind!!!!!watch this space!

  46. Robbert

    On November 29, 2009 at 10:10 am


    I find it a very useful article.

    Question to Bloodboy:

    If you come up with many ideas every day how come you still did not have any real invention on the market?
    What can you teach us about converting rough ideas into actual inventions and the pitfalls on that road?

  47. Robert

    On February 20, 2010 at 5:00 am


    Bloodboy, canĀ“t we make a deal? I am good in converting ideas into marketable products, but I have a problem coming up with invention ideas.
    Are you open for a cooperation?

  48. erick

    On April 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm


    wow, i have lots of ideas and the money to try and make them if anyones interested let me know we can make a prototype and once it works present it to a bank to get a loan and be able to make it on a bigger scale and hopefully make some good money from it!

  49. bloodboy

    On April 20, 2010 at 6:33 am


    Thanks for all the comments! I\’m glad most of you liked my article and I\’m glad it\’s inspired so many fresh ideas. Keep on inventing :)

  50. Inventor

    On May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm


    What a great place to build inventing ideas.
    Try the Inventor’s Phone Book for buyers seeking ideas

  51. Todd

    On May 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm


    Ok, so my question is, what is the best way to turn in your ideas without getting scammed?

  52. Todd

    On May 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm


    because i have an idea for the Swiffer Wet Jet, and it really won’t cost much for this idea.i just wanna know how i can turn in that idea without getting ripped off.

  53. bhav

    On May 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm


    thks for your inspiration…I do come up with ideas, but too lazy to follow…just need motivation

  54. Erriot

    On September 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm


    hahahahahahahahahhaahahahahahhaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha

  55. AJ

    On October 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm


    im 12 and i love inventing things to help people i examine what they do and if they struggle then i figure a way to help that with an invention( i watch my friends! lol) its a strange way but i have come up with some pretty cool things !

  56. Anderson White

    On January 24, 2012 at 10:41 am


    Thanks for the tip but the tip sucks

  57. chiller

    On February 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm


    well now i wonder humans lacks intelligence i can see too many dumb people in just comments

    take my word : “only crazy people can invent things” haven’t you guys seen Albert Einstein in photo or t.v. his hair-style (lol) explains he would be little like me

    and the other dumb we’re suffering from is the ” Education System ”

    learn computer code you’ll learn how complicated things are

    well i m feeling i want to eat pizza lol i really think too much about the world why i can’t be selfish like some others i seen my life well i wish i would

    well the life should be like eating good food , going to night club ,drinking alcohol, sleep with stranger hotties , watching movies and TV and doing stuff and work you really like

    ok bye let me go to drink something i am thirsty !! !! !!

  58. edgar lopez

    On June 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm


    Hi.my brother had stroke, and his left arm was so bended that I said to my self I have to invent something to help him out and so I did. I invented something that I call arm stabilizer.since he started to use it, his arm is always openwide I think this invention may help other people get better in the future. now I want to know what I have to do to let this invention be known

  59. el paisa

    On June 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm


    Hi.my brother had stroke, and his left arm was so bended that I said to my self I have to invent something to help him out and so I did. I invented something that I call arm stabilizer.since he started to use it, his arm is always openwide I think this invention may help other people get better in the future. now I want to know what I have to do to let this invention be known

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