Danette over at Summer Friend has given me a Roar for Powerful Words award. Thank you, Danette! I'm honored you feel that way!
As part of the award, I am asked to (a) name three things that make for powerful writing and (b) award the Roar to five deserving bloggers.
So, three things that I feel make for powerful writing (and I'm going to focus on fiction writing here):
1. Strong, believable characters. The best plot in the world won't hold my attention if I don't care about the characters.
2. A distinctive voice. Writing needs to have personality and rhythm. I read everything "out loud in my head" so I pick up a nuanced voice right away. Without it, writing falls flat.
3. Solid mechanics. To write well, we need to write well. This means good grammar and punctuation, yes, but it goes beyond that to include smooth transitions, effective dialog tags, strong verbs, etc. A compelling idea, put to paper in a well constructed sentence, can be a powerful thing indeed.
Now, onto the five awardees. I read lots of great blogs, so this tough. But here goes:
Sara Lewis Holmes
J (a newbie to blogging, but she packs a punch!)
You can accept your awards over at The Shameless Lions Writing Circle. I'll see you there, assuming we all make it past the paparazzi in one piece!