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Roaring writing

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:05am

I'm a writer first, activist lately, so it was a great honor to be included in Harriet Brown's Roaring Lion post .

The Roaring Lion honor comes with two delights: I get to name three qualities of powerful writing, and then pass the designation to five powerful writers.

Powerful writing, to my mind:

  • Addresses fear. The reader's fears, and especially the writer's.
  • Lingers. It travels with you an hour, a day, for good.
  • Hurts a bit. Because you wish you'd known, or wish you'd written it yourself.

Powerful writers I know:

  • Phyllis Theroux isn't a blogger, but she is my mentor and the creator of Nightwriters, where I learned to "write what you fear most."
  • Kristina Chew at Autism Vox does intelligent, fierce advocacy like no one else.
  • Carrie Arnold is as pure a writer as I've encountered, the woman has no dogma but truth - even during change.
  • For the careening, manic pleasure of her prose, my friend the Counterfeit Farmgirl .
  • And the writer who cooks: the Rokenman .
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