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Have You Got a Story Inside?

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Have you ever written a story? You know, one that has been published or at least distributed for people to read? My cousin is an author – and I’ve often wondered what it would be like to write a story. It seems different from being an artist, where each painting can be directly influenced by something concrete in the world. A story on the other hand, requires an investment, once you start, you are in it for the long haul. you build up characters and places. Without abandoning these constructs of your mind, you can’t quit. In a way, you are stuck in the story until it’s done.

I started to write a story the other day, and it’s hard. I thought it would just… you know… flow. It didn’t. I write posts on this blog regularly, usually about five posts a week, sometimes they are all facts, sometimes they are introspective and sometimes they are questioning the world around me. But nothing is quite like writing a story. There is an art to getting it right. I’ll let you know how it goes – at the moment, slowly.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

5 thoughts on “Have You Got a Story Inside?

  1. Interesting story in today’s telegraph about stories…

    “Tell me a story.” It’s a plea that echoes through the ages: not only the ages of human civilisation, but the ages of man. As a child, tucked up and ready for bed.

    As an adult, settling deep into a popcorn-scented cinema seat as the house lights go down. In old age, becalmed, combing your memories. Telling stories is as old a game as language itself.

    Source: Grand Theft Auto, Twitter and Beowulf all demonstrate that stories will never die – Telegraph

  2. @Duncan – Thanks for the idea.

    @James and @Dot-Com – pushy! It is early days, I’ve only got a couple of thousand words and a random sketch of an idea where it is going. If it looks like it’s progressing, I’ll think about releasing it. If not, at least it’s another thought process for me – maybe it will help me share my thoughts about the future.

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