I really look forward to Monday and Tuesday nights, because I can reward my day’s achievements by kicking back in the recliner and watching The Voice. It’s the one show of its ilk that I enjoy from day one, and I eagerly anticipate each new season.
The first round battle is exciting. The second round battle can be heartbreaking. At this level everyone is accomplished, and you want them all to make it into the finals. But like all contests and their contestants, some don’t make the cut. The judging is not based on the person’s appearance, or their dance technique, it is purely and simply, their voice, although those other factors don’t hurt. Some contestants forget that. They put their concentration on the wrong element. But this is a tough panel of judges, and they know all about smoke and mirrors.
When someone has to go home, it doesn’t mean they aren’t good, it just means they aren’t the best of the best. On Monday night, Usher, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, mentored two of their contestants, and after listening to their performance, Usher advised them to “take ownership.” By doing that, the singer would own the story of the song and capture the emotion of the audience, and the panel of judges.
In the early days, I often got carried away with descriptive passages, blowing things up, car chases, firing a gun, or hiding a body. I learned from judges that if the story doesn’t include a romance it can’t be romantic suspense. It’s most likely a thriller, or a mystery. We must take ownership of our stories, be honest, and label them what they are. Romance readers know what they’re looking for. We must never short change them on the love story. ; )
Speaking of contests, I’m so proud of these five Romance Writers of America® nominees for the coveted 2014 RITA® award. Three of these authors are from my local chapter, LARA, and two are past members. Check them out:
Jennifer Haymore: http://www.jenniferhaymore.com
Samanthe Beck: http://samanthebeck.com
Robin Bielman: http://www.robinbielman.com
T.J. Bennett: http://www.tjbennett.com
Zoe Archer: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com
Good Luck, ladies!