Jennifer Hudson is a Dreamgirl in the movies, and in her real life. Sheâ€™s getting knock-out reviews for her co-starring role in the movie Dreamgirls with Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. She beat out 782 other singer/actresses for the role of Effie White. Sheâ€™s already winning awards and is expected to be nominated for the Oscars. And this all happened after she was voted off the American Idol TV show, with Simon Cowell telling her she was out of her league.
She didnâ€™t let it crush her. On The View on Monday, Hudson said Simonâ€™s words were a push to prove him wrong. â€œI take everything as a lesson,â€ she said.
As writers, we all have Simons in our lives. Contest judges, agents, editors, critique partners. And it doesnâ€™t stop after we publish. Even Stephen King and Nora Roberts get bad reviews. Even they had rejections before selling, with editors who didn’t think their work was good enough to buy.
The difference between Stephen King and a writer you never heard of is that he persevered and the other writer–who might have been just as talented–quit. A published writer in my local chapter critiqued for a newbie who swore she had tough skin. Instead she dropped out of the chapter and stopped writing, convinced she had no talent. But the truth was she had no grit.
My former CP, Karin Tabke, always used to write â€œRip it up, ladiesâ€ when she sent us a sub. She wanted to know what needed to be fixed. And now sheâ€™s published. Anyone who knows Karin will tell you she has a lot of grit.
This verse from These Days by Rascal Flatts is about the one who made it and the one who gave up:
Yeah, life throws you curves
But you learned to swerve
Me I swung and I missed
And the next thing ya know
I’m reminiscin’ dreaming old dreams
Wishing on wishes
That you would be back again
Life throws all of us curves. I had a curve thrown at me on Tuesday. Iâ€™m not Pollyanna. I felt crappy for a couple hours. Then I became determined to make my book better, more curve proof. That same night I wrote a much stronger beginning than the old one. Like Karin, I’m grateful I found out what was wrong so I could fix it (although the person delivering it was more of a Randy/Paula mix than Simon). Like Jennifer Hudson, it was a lesson for me.
I donâ€™t think any of the people who read Magical Musings will miss one swing and then give up. I think youâ€™ll all come back swinging again.
A while back I wrote a poem, The Rejection Letter Blues, calling for chocolate and booze. I did have chocolate on Tuesday. Then I emailed my CPs for sympathy. And then I wrote the new beginning.
How do you deal with the Simon Cowell encounters in your life?