Sunday, November 25, 2007

Tag you're it ...

Northwest Ladybug tagged me on this and I’m honored – even more so since this is the first time I’ve been tagged. So I’ll make my list and pass this on to five others whose writing I admire.

Rules ...

List three things you believe are necessary for good, powerful writing and then pass the award on to the five bloggers you want to honor, who in turn should pass it on to five others.

Three things I believe are necessary for good, powerful writing:

  1. An idea
  2. Written with clarity
  3. On a subject you care about

I tag:

An American Mama in Berlin


Cathy in Canada

Tangled up in l’heure Bleue

Blue Poppy



Blogger Pippa said...

Ah Richard, I understand better now, now that I know you are interested in writing as an art form. Of course it is visible right through your blog.

Your last post on Talking With The Animals had me dreaming of the scene that night, your images were so clear and poignant ... the sort of writing that leaves me entirely speechless in the comments box.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this lovely compliment! of course, as I happen to be teaching writing & composition at an art college right now, I'm afraid the subject may be a bit rote-- let's see if I can't spiff up my response!

all the best, Elizabeth

2:50 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

1. An understanding of the intended audience,
2. Passion and knowledge of the topic and
3. Time and devotion to slog your way through to completion.

Thank you for tagging me on this, Richard. I just finished the first full draft of a book and am struggling to feel like my life has a good balance between family and work. I am also processing the trip I've just returned from (i.e. trying to ease off on the kids when they don't eat the food on their plates, after having been to a Liberian refugee camp). So there I am. I am taking three weeks off over Christmas though and hope to have a larger presence around in blogland.

It was really nice to drop by here again. I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.

I hope that you and HH are well.

4:52 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Well, You have inspired me many times and also inspired memories, since you are currently with a toddler-- and they are so great!!!

I will write my thoughts tomorrow while downtown (Jury Duty) and post it asap.

9:39 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

oh and my 3 things are:

1. Must love to read the writings of others (Charles Dickens Oh how I love you!)

2. Open to observing all the messy life around you --keep a sense of humor as much as possible.

3. Ability to write about a mundane moment and make it interesting without needing to "decorate" it at all. (Truth is stranger than fiction)

9:45 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

thanks for the compliment Richard. i have been thinking about your question for hours and i honestly can't find 3 things but even if i won't i am going to post about it. x

10:22 AM  
Blogger Felicia said...

Hi Berlinbound. I saw another post where you asked wanderers to your blog to leave a comment. I hope you don’t mind if I leave it here in stead.

I happened across your blog via a link from another blog that I found by clicking “the next blog thing”. I think it was American Mama in Berlin. Anyhow, I have enjoyed reading your musings specifically as they relate to your son.

Anyhow, here’s wishing you well. Thanks for putting your thoughts into writing and sharing them with the rest of us.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Hi Berlin,
I know that I have visited you before and hello again. I enjoyed a read through your blog. Found you again via, Chedwick that notorious cat.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

I just stumbled across your blog. My experience as an American expat living not far from you--in a village near Hennef--parallels your own, from a German wife and children to a liking of Joni Mitchell and John Coltrane.

Your account of your fatherhood is insightful, inspiring even. As a narrative it makes for fine reading. You should turn it into a book someday.

3:36 PM  

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