Monday, March 23, 2009

American Idol F.A.I.T.H. Girl Style

Last week I mentioned a little something about American Iol. It kind of got my mind thinking. Thinking about competitions and being a writer and being in writing competitions. We've all had the really good judges and the not-so-nice judges. And then there are the ones who don't make a whole lot of comments at all. Judging is subjective.

So I thought, hmmmmm......What if the American Idol judges were to judge my current manuscript? What would they say? Hmmmmm.............

Well here's what I came up with.

In my pretend world Randy, Kara, Paula and Simon have just read the first three chapters and synopsis of my current work in process and here's what they have to say.

Randy--Dawg! Here's what's good about you. You're different. You take chances, you don't follow the flow. Not sure how it's going to pay off for you, though. But I like it.

Kara--some of your lines are insane--I didn't know some of the words you used existed. But there are other lines, well, I'm just not feeling the connection. I think you have something, but you need to bring all of you into the story. I know you have it to bring.

Paula---I love the names of your characters. You've put such thought into naming your people and we can all appreciate the beauty of your names. (She whispers something to Simon I can't understand.) Your scenario you present as you present the scenario is in my opinion a presentable scenario. So stay true to who you are.

Simon--Frankly, I think overall it's a horrific mess. You start your book here, then you have worked your way here with no connection. You're writing about two people I can't care about. I don't think you stand a chance.

So, there you have their responses.
And for those of you that have read this far there's a surprise. An impromptu contest. All you have to do is post in the comment section what you think the judges would say about your current wip. And if you're not a writer, you can still post what you think they would say if you attempted to write a book. How's that?

Tonight after midnight I'll take all the comments and draw a name. The winner will receive a $10 dollar gift card to their fav coffee shop or book store. It will get you a cup of coffee or a great paperback book. So don't be afraid. Enter!!



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  2. Randy: So check it out, dawg. The whole thing was a little weird for me. I don't know what's going on tonight but it was a little weird. There were parts where I was like "yeah" and parts where I just didn't know what was going on. I don't know. What did you think, Simon?
    Simon: (to me) How do you think that went?
    Me: Um...(starts to sweat profusely)
    Kara: I'll tell you what I thought. There's something special about you. And you're true to yourself. I like that.
    Simon: What about the writing?
    Kara: With the right story, right cover and agent, I see your book on a bookshelf some day.
    Simon: What about the writing?
    Kara: Can I please talk? Thank you. (Simon smirks and begins mumbling sweet nothings to Paula) I think you're special and I'm interested to see where you go.
    Paula: First of all, everything is going, it's looking, you'd look great in an author picture. And you have fantastic...when you hit that climax, you're in your...that's your element. You're in a zone.
    Simon: Is that a yes or a no?
    Paula: I like...I think...yes.
    Simon: Okay. Look, I'm going to be honest with you. It sounded like a two year old learning to speak found a keyboard and wreaked havoc in a MS document. (Randy laughs)
    Paula: Go on and work on your...put on your tone and characters and getting all that in the rhythm of the...
    Simon: I thought you said no, Paula...Right, Randy, yes or no?
    Randy: It's a maybe for me.
    Kara: Me too.
    Simon: Right, sorry, but it's a no.
    Ryan Voice Over: And with that, Sarah goes back to wreaking havoc in a word document, while the judges sip from their Coca-Cola cups.
    Oops, this is so long!

  3. Don't worry about the length Sarah..your rendition was great! Sounds like them alot. I like your banter. Especially Simon's comments. Great job!

  4. Paula would say I was true to myself and Simon would say that he'd heard it all before and I'd played it safe!

    Not sure there's a book out there that would impress Simon!

    L. Diane Wolfe

  5. Randy: Yo, listen up. To me, it was a little pitchy. Ha! Always pitching it, aren't you? But you know, it was all right. [Nods solemnly.] I'll say . . . yes.

    Kara: The story came from your heart, and the characters were interesting and likable. I don't think plotting is your strong point, but it's still a yes for me.

    Paula: Your characters, yes, they...pierced...the heart. It That fire, that clarity. It was lyrical. You was...piercing.It was fervently romantic and romantically fervent and-- [Elbows Simon.] Shut UP!

    Simon: Piercing? Piercing? What does that mean? No, Paula. It was pretentious, self-indulgent rubbish. I did not like it at all.

    Paula: Shut up! I adored the romanticness of the romance and that scene in the buggy, that Amish HUNK with those piercing eyes! Oh, yes. Yes. [Fans face.]

  6. HA! Great post!

    Simon: Vampires? It's done and over. Move on.

    Paula: Vampires? Yes, but with a Christian theme? Intriguing....I say go with it. I just loved Emma, she was so real. Confused, lost, but found hope.

    Randy: Yeah, fresh new look on vampires. Never would have guessed that could happen to a vampire. It's that surprise that hooked me in.

    Kara: Vampires or not, I liked the snarky attitude Emma had. Oh, and she's tough, I like the tough chicks that can seriously kick butt. Yet, she's really broken, wanting to find true love, but scared to.

    What a fun exercise. Helpful, too!

  7. Randy: Like Dawg Man, whats up ? When we saw you in GEORGIA you had it all going ?
    Kara: I think you've got a look great and the stage presence is awesome. What happened to the title character?
    Paula: (after shaking the hair out of her face, and putting her chin between her hands) ........I think you look great, like they said. You may be a liitle off character, but if America votes, you will get another chance.
    Simon............................................. FOR ONCE, I totatlly DISAGREE with the panel, that was brilliant, totally brilliant.

  8. This is so fun. I love seeing everyone's responses.

  9. Diane, Meg, Lynn, Cuz....thanks for the responses. They are so fun!! Wouldn't it be a trip to really get in front of some judges like that--face to face??? Sometimes I'd be up for it and sometimes not. If you're on, fabulous..if not, watch out!! We still have an hour. Will post the winner of the gift card in the am...

  10. Diane,
    I'm with you. Not sure what impresses Simon....except for that Megan chick this year. I think he really like her.

  11. Meg,
    love the pitch line!! That was funny. Also the banter between Paula and Simon. They crack me up anyway.

  12. Lynn,
    Vampires? I just (I mean ten minutes ago) finished Breaking Dawn. How amazing. Loved the series. Now we can have a real conversation!! Keep writing about them.

  13. Cuz,
    Love Simon's take!! Way to go. You made Simon like you. That's not easy.

  14. That was so fun! Great idea Lindi!
    You all did a great job with the panel.

  15. Oh my gosh, I'm dying laughing!!! You all did such a great job! I can just hear their voices!!! :)

    Thanks for the entertainment, Lindi!