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Welcome Back to the Belhaven Bridge

Posted by belhavenbridge@aol.com on July 5, 2019 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (946)
Welcome Back to 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! Sean

The Connection Between Creativity, Communities & Conversation!

Posted by belhavenbridge@aol.com on July 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1252)

 

It’s no secret that the places that we’ve been influence us. The people that we become have a lot to do with from where, and how, we were raised. There are positive and negative outlooks that can be traced to where and how we grew up. The fullness of the people we are, and who we are becoming finds its origin in tradition, culture and sometimes physical location. Many people growing up in the south have similar experiences as it relates to family, friends and outlooks.


 

But because we are all unique and distinct individuals, we may have many different views of similar events. Depending on the part of the south that you lived in, you may have an entirely different impression than someone else. The Belhaven Bridge Site allows people familiar with eastern North Carolina to join in discussion with one another. At the same time, this site provides people with similar experiences around the world to connect.


 

Sparks of Creativity


 

Creativity can be seen through many different mediums. Artwork is one of the most popular outlets when it comes to creativity. At the same time writing, whether fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc., is one of the world’s oldest expressions of creativity. Personal background, culture and tradition serve as inspiration for writing. These things have sparked the creation of countless books, novels, ideas, inventions, etc., over the centuries. Connecting with others is one way to learn and share as you develop your creative outlets.


 

Similar Communities


 

Small communities in every region of the United States have similarities. There’s something about small town life, people’s attitudes and culture that is unique. Communities are diverse in distinct ways, as well. They may only be miles apart and produce very different ways of life. Connecting with people who have related experiences, no matter where they grew up, encourages positive discussion.


 

Dynamic Conversation


 

Positive conversation is the most dynamic and produces a lot of conversation. This is true whether the subject matter is particularly positive or not. Creative people can use versatile conversations to grow their creative skills. The Belhaven Bridge Site is a great location to learn from others, while building connections. These can be instrumental when it comes to developing writing, art or other bits of creativity.


 

If there’s a book idea in every person, and I believe there is, then The Belhaven Bridge is a great place to find inspiration. As we connect through creativity and discussions, perhaps a new book will be developed by members each year. Let’s start the conversation!

 

 


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