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...