to my pleasant surprise, lisa of eudaemonia for all has awarded me the shameless lions writing circle's "a roar for powerful words!" award.
the instructions: 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!
powerful (fiction) writing is:
1. honest: throughout the work, the writer is unselfconsciously honest. i'm particularly drawn to works that explore shadows, so i admire writing that goes where it must--displays the full scope of the character's humanity--without a flinch or an apology.
2. thoughtfully sparse: it is apparent that the writer has carefully chosen each word, and then thoughtfully placed it on the page, such that just one added word would change the aim of the piece. j.m. coetzee does this brilliantly in disgrace, a novel that i recommend as much for its wonderful characterization as its excellent writing.
3. imaginative: i like things--a thought, an object, an idea--described in a way i've rarely read. perhaps this is a tall order, given our writing is almost always influenced by what we've read. still, i'm impressed with writing that shows the writer has reached into the farthest corners of her imagination.
in addition to two of lisa's nominations, my three picks for powerful writers in the blogosphere: indira of serotonin flowers; jamey of urban conjure woman; sherry of sage and thyme. please follow this link for the lion of your choice. (yes, i admit i've color-altered and re-sized my lion to match the decor; in the spirit of shamelessness, of course!)