In the little “about me” section on various web sites and services, I used to write “I like to tell stories”. These days, I usually have something like “I like trains” or “I am a photographer who specializes in trains and grain elevators”, but I still like to tell stories.
I’ve been thinking about writing and my own storytelling style. I’ve been writing about trains on the web since 2005 and, although I think my writing style has evolved somewhat, I don’t think it’s changed a great deal.
Is that a good thing? I don’t know, but I’m thinking about it.
I don’t believe that learning ends when you graduate from school or university. We should continue to learn new things our entire life, through formal classes or by learning from others. Everyone has something they can teach you.
So far I’ve been reading articles online. I may end up investing in a course but I have to decide if I want to invest the time and money into that… especially the time.
Getting back to writing style… I generally write my railfan posts in the “first person” perspective. I did this, I saw that, I decided this… me me me!
I want the story to be more about the trains and the people running them.
Read this photo caption from Signatures in Steel by Greg McDonnell.
For a brief moment at sunset, the sun peers from behind heavy black clouds to illuminate CP RS18 8790 and two M636’s working #904 across the Grand River bridge at Galt, Ontario, on October 16, 1973.Greg McDonnell
Can’t you visualize that – feel that – without even seeing the photo? That’s good writing.
Expect some more experimentation as I try things out. Some of them might be bad, but that’s the nature of learning and growth.
I’ve been looking at a number of story telling resources and I’d like to share a few of the best of them.