If you did not watch the finals on The Voice tonight, you missed not only some amazing, stunning music, but some good writing moments. And I’m not talking about the original songs they wrote. More below in the topic of the night.
Lots and lots of running around, took the stray cat to the vet, left her for surgery tomorrow. She might not make it through, but it’s the best choice we and two vets think she has in making it. I’ll let you know.
Spent a lot of time today fighting glass shelves over three windows into place in the new store. Also a ton of work on workshop stuff. A fun day except for the vet stuff.
June online workshops all have openings, even the new Teams in Fiction workshop.
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Topic of the Night: The Voice
Tonight one of the best music programs on television happened. The four finalists on The Voice are all top talents. Any of them would have won any other season. Just stunning. All full professionals.
And watching them all sing with their coaches was something special as well.
But two things happened that just had me laughing because I have said the same things so many times here. So many, many, many times.
First off, one of the contestants sang a song about taking control. It was an original that she and her coach did and it was because all the way through the season she and her coach had been working on her taking control of her own music, her own career, everything.
That sound familiar here? I am constantly pushing writers to take control, not give away control because of fear.
But the best moment for writers was when Adam told how his contestant is flat enjoying doing what he is doing. And that’ clear listening and watching the contestant play and sing. He’s having fun. And Adam was having fun watching him and everyone was having fun as well.
But the very last pitch Adam gave was how it was so refreshing to have a musician just having a blast on the show, enjoying every moment of it. The contestant is in his 40s and has been playing gigs over 200 times a year for twenty plus years.
And now, after all that time, he finds himself singing and playing for millions and millions. Any wonder he’s having fun? He knows where he has been and now where he is going, even if he doesn’t win.
But the key is the fun. You will understand completely what I have been saying over and over if you watch the finals of The Voice. Lots of great writing learning comes from that show, but tonight was even more.
Take control and have fun. It really is the key to so many things in this art of writing and the business of publishing.
Watch the finals of The Voice and you’ll understand even more what I mean.
Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 23
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 978
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words
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