I feel humbled to have been selected by Montucky for a ROAR for the Powerful Words award.  When so selected, you are to offer 3 tips for writing, then nominate five others.

This photo has nothing to do with this post.  But isn't it a pretty sunset?Three Tips:

  1. Passion:  Write about what you love, what inspires you, that which you cannot ignore.
  2. Precision:  If you don’t know, look it up.  If you can’t find the answer, leave it out.  This applies to content, as well as to language.
  3. Poetry:  I don’t mean this in the classical rhyme and rhythm sense…  Still, the things you write should sound good.  Read it outloud before you click the “submit” button.
  4. Personality:  (OK, I’m an over-achiever and couldn’t leave it at just three… sorry!)  Don’t be afraid to reveal a bit about yourself.

This photo also has nothing to do with the post.  It's an old 'self portrait' taken in 2006.Five Nominees:

  1. Nature Remains:  Nina writes about the natural world in a way that sometimes brings tears to my eyes.  (I’m kind of a softy, though…)
  2. Somewhere in New Jersey:  Laura shares her passion for nature, as well as tidbits about all aspects of her life in her blog.
  3. Dave Bonta:  First I started seeing his photographs on Flickr.  Then somehow by accident I found his blog at Via Negativa.  And from there… my absolute favorite MUST READ EVERY MORNING website, The Morning Porch.
  4. Body Soul and Spirit:  Ruth writes a very thought-full blog about her life and observations in southern Ontario.  She often provokes me to think about things in a different way.
  5. Summer Butterfly:  OK, I’m biased.  She’s my daughter.  Still… I think she’s a pretty good writer and I’m proud of her!

P.S.  Wonder where these awards come from?  This one came from Seamus.

7 thoughts on “Humbled

  1. As a writer, I can attest that all these tips are very true (But don’t look at my blog — I ramble there; I don’t write). I love Dave Bonta’s blogs, and I’ve also read your daughter’s blog — she is very talented! I will check out the others! You should venture into print publishing – nature writing is very “big” right now.

  2. Hey, thanks! My ears are burning (cheeks, too). I mean, I’m honored. I have a real phobia toward blog memes, but I’ll think about whether I have any useful tips for writers beyond the four you’ve already listed. After all, too much advice can be a bad thing for someone just starting out, and one can’t get more basic or essential than these four things you’ve listed.

  3. Thanks, Jennifer!
    Wow, and a challenge for me (who feels very green in more than the environmental sense!) to come up with tips for writing, when I’m finding my way, too.
    I’ll think on it, and see what happens….

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