I have half a bag of milk chocolate chips in my cupboard, and very much want to put four of them on top of my very healthy oatmeal cookie. I’m going to try not to.
Do you ever have a dream where your loved one dies? Please tell me this is normal.
Mark Terry awarded me a "Roar for Powerful Words!" Thank you! Started by Seamus Kearney, the award "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!"
We’re supposed to "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!"
Problem is, I’m still feeling sort of blank-minded. (Need chocolate.) Well, here goes, anyway:
1. Blank Mind: (Hah! Nothing to do with my current state of blank-mindedness.) No, I mean that as writers, it helps to have the ability to temporarily erase all prior knowledge of your story, and read it and experience it as a reader would. If we understand how a (somewhat typical) reader experiences our words, we can manipulate the experience for them.
2. Heart: No explanation needed, right? Because I haven’t had those four chocolate chips.
3. Only one more? I want to put so many things, and I can’t decide which. Truth? Understanding? The ability to imagine oneself in other’s shoes? Empathy, even when true empathy does not exist? Respect for characters? Um ... imagination, rhythm!
Okay, I’ll settle on Rhythm for number three, only because not many talk about it and I think it’s ultra-important. Rhythm is intrinsic to life; the ability to perceive off rhythm is inherent in all humans. All the bestselling writers have impeccable rhythm of pacing, words, syllables, the whole lot.
Now I’m supposed to nominate five more bloggers for the Roar of Powerful Words:
- Bernita Harris, because every word she writes is used powerfully.
- Erica Orloff, because every blog she writes is powerful.
- Writenow, because she delivers one powerful laugh with every blog. (Okay, I’ll stop using the word powerful now. See? The award’s gone to my head.)
- Aimless Writer, because I wish she blogged more.
- Just one more? I can’t choose. Please, anyone who wants, join in! I read everyone’s blog here because I love your words.
Oh, yeah ... Bernita is having a writing contest. Under 250 words, inspired by a really cool picture. Ends Friday (I’m pretty sure!).
Brett Battles, author of The Cleaner, is blogging again!
And I swear, I saw this before Oprah did. They make great gifts. The recipient gets to choose for him/herself who they want to help.