Wednesday, February 24, 2010
3 Things Every Writer Can Learn From American Idol
Unless you've been living up under a rock lately, you've heard of the popular reality show called American Idol.
I admit that I'm a huge fan. Partly for the entertainment value, and partly because, (if truth be told), I'm a "shoulda been" singer and karaoke queen.
On stage, I do an impressive Shania Twain and a boastful Toni Braxton.:-)
Though this program is primarily a singing competition, there are other benefits to viewers, particularly those that are writers.
Here are a few pointers I've picked up recently.
1. Talent alone will only take you so far. If you want to outshine the competition, you have to display your creative strengths and play to them. When performers present material that does not showcase their talents well, or display their originality, they sometimes lose their fan base and risk being eliminated from the competition. The same holds true for writers.
2. Heed the advice of industry experts.
How creative artists handle rejection will determine how far they'll travel in their careers. Those that don't listen or fail to implement the suggestions offered up by the "judges" do themselves a great disservice, and stunt their potential growth.
3. Confidence should never come before competence. It doesn't even in the dictionary! Never let your ego get in the way of your excellence. Learn to be objective. Nurture your talent. Hone your craft. And always strive to let your "star" shine!
Do you agree or disagree? What lessons if any have you learned from this popular show?