. Seamus has very kindly awarded me a Roar. A powerful Roar, no less, for apparently powerful writing. I now have to think of three things that I deem necessary for powerful writing...
One - Write without fear
Two - Write without fear
Three - Write without fear
A cheat I may be, but I think that too many writers worry about what they write and have forgotten how to confront fear, overcome it and remain true to the people they are. We are trained these days, brainwashed even, to conform to what we think people want to hear. Constrained by the smirking asswipes on high, we have lost the ability to use our powerful words in fear of offending, upsetting, or getting sued by a readership that has been conditioned to accept only a diet of baby pink words.
When a writer can manage to take away the fear, we are treated to a novel, story, or poem that is sharp enough to take the whiskers from your cheek - blade runners, with one hand on the truth and the other waking you up with a sharp slap.
I believe strongly that having an edge is essential for powerful writing and life is never quite so exciting as when you are standing on the edge of that precipice!
So, now, five bloggers must be awarded...
The Power Queen Debi Alper - writer who introduced me to Stapled Stan and writes from a true heart.
Pundy the Powerful - for his brave new novel
Power Pomes from John Ahearn - watch that space
Power Pants - Noosa Lee - be afraid, be very afraid
Power Pack - Loretta Noonan - who recently blew me away with an innovative short story.
And Seamus. That pink is just not easy on the eye - did you never think that lion might look good in purple?