On Point

February Blooms
I must admit, I enjoy watching singing contests on the television (only reputable ones). Not to listen to the singing per se but to listen to the judges’ comments. Quite often I do have a rant at the TV when a judge is unnecessarily derogatory, a sign of weakness on their part if you ask me, but last Saturday I was impressed by what one of the judges said to a young contestant who didn’t make the cut.

He told her she could sing well and not to be disheartened she didn’t make it through on this occasion. He explained that all artists and creatives are rejected at some point and success depends on what you do with that ‘no’. He also told her creative work is very subjective and quite often timing plays a pivotal role in whether or not something or someone is accepted – so true. 

I gained a new respect for this artist – goofy hat and all. He really encouraged this young singer to follow her dreams, learn from the experience and plough forward. Her face beamed as she walked off the stage – the disappointment replaced with inspiration and motivation.

In my mind, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to inspire and encourage others to achieve their goals. I have been blessed throughout my various careers with trusted people who have been an inspiration to me – I haven’t always liked what they've said but in the end, after following their wise advice, everything turned out for the better.

On the writing front, February’s targets are on point. My new novella, Words on Pages: A Mossfield Hills Mystery, is shaping up nicely.

Is there a particular person you find inspirational? How’s your writing going? Working on anything new that you’d like to share?   

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  1. Having someone justify your talent, even if you're being "rejected" at the time is amazing.

    I have to admit though that I've stopped watching all singing competition shows years ago....

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    1. You've not missed much by not watching, Chrys. It helps me to switch off :) Thanks for commenting and thank you for the IWSG Newsletter. I'm off to read that now :)

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  2. Oh, Nic, I watch those shows for the same reason (but I also love the singing part). This applies to writing as well. We will be rejected, but that doesn't mean we aren't creative and don't have talent!!

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    1. Exactly. I think, no matter what we do for a living (or trying to make a living at:)), we are all faced with disappointment along the journey and need to put a positive spin on it in order to progress.

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  3. I've often thought these talent competitions are similar to writing. Yo get some judges helping, others being too blunt and then there are the parents who tell their kids they are talented when they obviously are not. And that latter is why I tell students not to let a loved ones praise make them think they are ready for publication. You need an outsider's advice. Someone like that guy in the funny hat!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Lynne. Next time I'm over, we must go funny hat shopping :)

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  4. That is awesome. I love people who have "made" it who continue to inspire rather than act arrogant and entitled. You can tell the ones who worked for what they got.

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    1. Very true, Elizabeth. And most people paid their dues before achieving the success they aimed for. It's all about perseverence and continued learning. Thanks so much for popping over to comment.

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  5. In some cases I believe an encouraging rejection might actually be better than an acceptance, especially someone quite new to their creative activity.

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    1. I agree, Patsy. Thank you for commenting. Hope you are having a good week.

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  6. He motivated her rather discouraged. Good for him!

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  7. I'm so thankful for those who choose to motivate and encourage others!
    Great post!

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  8. That sounds a lot like what writers hear after being rejected. Sometimes you really need the encouragement to keep going!

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    1. Too true. Luckily we writers have each other for encouragement.Have a great week.

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  9. Over the years, I've received positive rejections and encouraging words. They're very uplifting when we're going through the difficult, uphill path of publishing.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Medeia. Hope you are having a great week.

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  10. I whole-heartedly agree. Inspiring and encouraging others is priceless. :)

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  11. Hi, Nicola, thanks so much for popping over to my blog and leaving some sunshine. I needed that encouragement.

    I too am turned off by the way some judges handle the competitors in these contests. It doesn't cost anything to be kind and benefits far outweigh anything that comes from being mean.

    Thanks again for visiting! Much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I agree that kindness is the way to go, even honesty can be given with kindness. I'm glad you are feeling better about things.Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by.

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  12. What a great way to help her rather than just cut her down. My mom was always there for me.

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    1. My mom is a treasure and has always been an inspiration to me. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by to comment.

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  13. It's hard enough to get up in front of people and talk, let alone sing:) I give them all a lot of credit:)

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    1. :) I did that once for a school music event. I was nervous but then all the technical side of things went wrong and so after having sorting all that out with my amazing colleagues, the nerves had left the building and I had a blast. The audience even clapped :)Thanks for popping by Mark.

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  14. I think its amazing when you can inspire others. It was nice of that artist to inspire that contestant. Sometimes one just needs a kind word or two.

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    1. A kind word can make all the difference :) Thanks for commenting Murees.

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  15. I am eternally grateful to my lovely PF editor who four years ago sent me the most lovely, encouraging rejection emails. Now that I write regularly for him, I make sure that he knows I've never forgotten this.

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    1. It's so important to remind people of our gratitude Wendy :)

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  16. That is really good to hear. Some of those folks are so condescending and an artist's ego is so fragile, especially when you are first starting out.
    Good job on the novella!

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  17. I always find it so good when people are positive even in their rejection.

    :-)

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    1. Thanks for popping by Misha :)

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  18. We all need people to inspire us. Thank goodness we have them. I'm in what's euphemistically called The Waiting Room on my writing. But am doing some edits on a piece that hope to finish by the end of March. Wish me luck. I'm wishing it to you. :-)

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    1. Wishing you lots of luck, Lee. I do hope The Waiting Room serves refreshments! :) Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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  19. There's lots of rejection in the arts. It's good though, when the rejection comes with something positive, so that the ego is not completely crushed.

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    1. I did the 'being crushed' part and quickly wisened up :) Now I try to put a positive spin on everything and just keep going (learning along the way).

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  20. That's so great. Glad to hear they are not just crushing young artists' souls.. Writing is going well! thanks for stopping by on Feb IWSG day (I'm a little behind... :P )

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    1. Thanks, AJ. Lovely to 'see' you. Wishing you a great March!

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  21. I take great pleasure from inspiring and encouraging others. I saw the show you are talking about and agree I had a new found respect for that particular judge too.

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    1. :) Thank you for popping by to comment, Maria. It's always lovely to 'see' you.

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