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The Belhaven Bridge
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The Belhaven Bridge.
I sincerely believe that everyone has, inside them, a great story. I also believe that story should be told. Whether the stories are based on real-life events or simply the product of one's imagination. If it can encourage, inspire, uplift, or simply entertain others in positive ways, then it should be told. Over the past 30 years, I have heard some very remarkable stories from some very remarkable people. Many of those stories were told by people who were not polished authors and in some cases had very little formal education. But their stories were remarkable still. Unfortunately, theirs were concerns that their stories would not be accepted or appreciated by others. My opinion was, "So what! Don't let other people tell your story or worse dictate whether or not your story has value. The mere ability to tell, or better yet create, a story is a gift accessible to almost all of us. And as long as the story does not tear down, degrade, or harm others..."go tell it.
The Belhaven Bridge is a platform for encouraging and allowing people, from all walks of life including from small towns (like Belhaven, North Carolina) all over America, to showcase and share their creativity, especially through writing. Whether the writings are short-stories, poetry, novels, etc., the process can be very powerful and beneficial to both the authors, as well as their readers. When I wrote The Belhaven Bridge in 2008, I had no intentions of sharing, let alone publishing, the work with anyone. It started as a home-schooling project. My wife, Athelda who is actually a writer, and I decided to require that our two daughters research, create, and produce a short novel as a year-end writing assignment. As encouragement, we both agreed to participate, as well. What was I thinking? I didn't have time for such a thing. So, I simply started reminiscing about my childhood experiences and out came, The Belhaven Bridge. The process turned out to be very therapeutic. Thinking thoughts and turning those thoughts into actual written words had an impact I had not anticipated. I was well outside my element but it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Now, I highly recommend it ;-)
So, what's stopping you? What excuses have you been telling yourself? Worse, what excuses have you accepted from outside your own desire or passion to express your creativity? I hope you will reconsider and share some of your gift with the rest of us. Be encouraged!
Connections of Creativity, Encouragement & Service
Encouraging positive creativity and service to others.
Let's also use this resource to share stories (past, present, and future) of the Town of Belhaven, North Carolina (and surrounding areas). Feel free to discuss elements of the writings associated with the fictional novel series - The Belhaven Bridge.