Ok—I admit it. I’m hooked to the show where ordinary people can have a shot at stardom. I’ve watched it for at least six seasons—each time telling myself I won’t let myself get so absorbed.
But I’ve learned some value lessons from this show and the singers’ experiences that I thought I’d pass on to you.
Write From the Heart Danny G. selected a song last night that he could reach the audience with. He sang from his heart and touched them successfully. If we do that with our writing—it will always be a hit.
Be creative and artistic The contestants are being advised to be artistic—to not imitate the person who sang the song originally. I think we can apply those same theories to our writing. I’ve been so busy trying to write the books the way I think they should be written that I’ve lost my own voice. I need to write it and make it the best it can be with my own spin on it—not a copycat of other writers.
Take Advice from those who are experienced. How many times has a contestant disregarded the advice of the judges? And than was kicked off? Why wouldn’t we as writers want to listen to those more experienced writers? We can always learn something new to improve our craft.
Don’t miss an opportunity It took a lot of guts for the contestants to stand in line for hours and put themselves out there for America to critique. As a writer, I should be submitting and submitting and submitting. It’s the ONLY way to move forward. If I don’t take a chance and an opportunity, I will never know if I have what it takes.