I've launched a new project over at The Shameless Lions Writing Circle that aims to celebrate good and powerful writing in the blogosphere. The idea is for recipients of this award to also choose five blogsters they would like to honour. Despite what some say in the mainstream media, there is some fantastic writing to be found on many blogs!
Those people I've given this award to are encouraged to post it on their own blogs; list three things they believe are necessary for good, powerful writing; and then pass the award on to the five blogs they want to honour, who in turn pass it on to five others, etc etc. Let's send a roar through the blogosphere! The image above can be copied and pasted onto other blogs. Also, a small size of the award for sidebars can be found over at the writing circle site.
So, before I list who I have given this award to, here are the three things I believe are necessary for good, powerful writing:
1)Innovation: I love writing that doesn't rely on tired, easy phrases. I love a unique look at things, an attack on clichés and turns of phrase that have lost any punch. I need to see good grammar, but I love a writer who challenges me, who takes me on a journey into the fresh unknown!
2) Truth: I need to sense that there is some truth in what is being written. This doesn't necessarily mean I have to agree with what's being written, or that things have to be proven as true; but I do need to get the feeling that the words were absolutely true for the writer. I need to feel the conviction and passion that motivated the writer to choose those particular words.
3) Humanism: I need to feel that the writer has an idea about human nature, that as the author of work intended for human consumption, the writer has a grip on the mechanisms, sensitivities that strike a universal chord in all of us. The work that stays with me is often something that has enhanced my understanding - or triggered my curiosity - on the question of who we are.
And those are just a few of things I could list!
Now, I would like to give A Roar For Powerful Words to these five blogs (the list would've been much longer, if I hadn't been restricted to just five!):
Litlove at Tales From The Reading Room
Jessica at Jessica Schneider
Minx at The Inner Minx
Chief Biscuit at As It Happens
Pearl at Humanyms
Other members of the circle who want to make similar awards can get the details over at the writing circle. (Update: Different colours of the award are now available - thanks to Minx for this idea of having a choice!)
Also, don't forget there is a sidebar button available now for the Shameless Lions collective short story as well. Details are over at the circle.