Friday, January 04, 2008

More Awards?

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After handing out my own Rambling Beard Awards, I received a different award from Charlie at Hounded.

Doling out my own awards was fun – it was an opportunity to say thank you, or point people in the direction of bloggers I enjoy reading and interacting with. But I have a real mixed feeling about receiving them.

On the one hand, who doesn’t love a bit of recognition and the opportunity to feel *smug* for a moment or two? On the other, however, I find it difficult to believe I’ve done anything to deserve it.

This one is "A Roar for Powerful Words" and originated at the Shameless Lions Writing Circle to “encourage and celebrate good, powerful writing on the Internet/blogosphere



Charlie is an incredibly powerful writer and I’m looking forward to the forthcoming release of his book, Soul Songs. It's just a shame he periodically deletes all his entries and starts again. He also awarded this to Rhonda who is one of the few bloggers to have me literally sitting with tears in my eyes after reading some of her entries.

Am I in the same category of either of these writers? Of course not.

I am supposed to name 3 things I believe are necessary to make good and powerful writing – my tips – and then pass it on to others. But it’s a bit tricky because although my intention is to become a writer, in truth my major form of communication is my voice. I’m a talker. Ask anyone who knows me - they struggle to get a word in edgeways.

Consequently my main writing style tends to be conversational – a tidied up form of the way I speak.

What I will do though, is tell you what I have written above my desk, and you can take from it what you will:
It’s not about writing
It’s about communicating

And that in essence is what I strive for.

At the heart of anything I write is a feeling, a thought, a concept, which I want other people to go “aha…” when they read it. I want to transfer that idea, emotion or understanding to another soul.

I can play around with structure, style, grammar and layout, but there is no “right way” other than whether it works.

Now I’m supposed to hand this on to other bloggers I think deserve it, but I’ve already handed out the Rambling Beard Awards this week and if I pass this one on to any of them as well, it will look like favouritism.

However, one blogger I know that leaps out at me for an award for powerful words is ADW from Hooters and Other Tales of Woe. She has the ability to force me back into my seat like I’d just hit the acceleration pedal on an F1 racing car. The sheer energy in her writing is not for the faint of heart, mind or soul. If an adrenalin rush is likely to give you a heart attack, then steer clear.

Now that’s it for awards for a while – giving or receiving - unless there are any prizes attached...
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11 comments:

SafeTinspector said...

You may have my awards.
It will be very deserved, so no qualms on your side of the equation should be forthcoming.

Sandy said...

Congratulations on your award Kim and all the very best for the new year.

Sandy

Mary Witzl said...

Yay! I knew you would get one of these too, so good for you.

I talk a lot too (as you've no doubt noticed) and also like to think of myself as a communicator. I like writing more than talking, because the whole issue of turn-taking is made a lot easier. And if anyone gets bored with what I've written, they can put it down and I won't be the least bit upset. Very different from when I'm talking and someone yawns and walks away...

PI said...

Well done! And thank you for the technical help. And also new names to investigate.
I'm all for the conversational tone and - when I'm writing Past Imperfect- affect to be chatting to one of my cyber friends.
When one is lucky enough to get comments it really is a two way thing and eradicates the loneliness of the writer.

Kanani said...

Hey... the lion I got is hot pink! Yes, how well you can put feelings and observations into a string a words that can closely convey them is definitely a challenge. Love it! Writing keeps us all sane.

Kim Ayres said...

SafeT - well that all depends on what awards you're offering...

Sandy - Happy New Year! Hope all is good for you and yours in 2008!

Mary - the trick is not allowing them to walk away. You can either do this with bribery (food is always a good one) or blackmail (threatening to blog about their insecurites is another).

Pat - if we can't enjoy a smug pat (no pun intended) on the back every now anf again, what's the point, eh?

Kanani - The pink just didn't do it for me. I might have chosen a blue one to fit in with the general colour scheme of this blog, but the purple was the closest they had

Tom said...

Congrats, Kim. And you're right about Hooters and Other Tales of Woe... I spent the better part of an hour there. Can't... look... away.

Attila The Mom said...

Congrats!!!!

Carole said...

You definately deserve this award. You are a wordmeister. I love reading your posts. They are unique and thought provoking. As least the ones where you have teeth.

Kim Ayres said...

Tom - In the twisted humour of fate, when I recommend a site as a great plaec to visit, haf the time the person packs up blogging within the week. I fear it might have just happened again.

Attila - thank you :)

Carole - thank you... I think...

SafeTinspector said...

Err... I have a bowling trophy from when I was 13 years old. And a ribbon one of my cats won for third place in a cat show when I was 9.
Also, I own second place in a go-cart race in December.
ANy of those interest you?