It's no secret that I'm a huge American Idol fan. And perhaps I've mentioned before that I have a slight crush on Simon. As I was watching last night, I realized that when Simon compliments a contestant, they are the most flattered. So why is this? Well, I think it's because even though Simon is heartless at times, they know that he's honest. And if they listen to him, they can improve.
Relating this to writing, I'm grateful for my Simons--the people who will honestly (hopefully not brutally however) tell me exactly what didn't work in my story. And when I listen, it really does make my story better. I think my Simons out there know who they are and that appreciate them. I also love my Paulas. Because even if my chapter stunk, I really do want to know that my MC's outfit was cute. In other words, I love to hear a few positive things mixed in. It helps me to know that I'm not a complete failure. Plus, I need the motivation so that I'll keep writing. So, what I'm trying to say is, a varied panel of judges on my books have really helped me. (Plus I wanted a good excuse to put a montage of Simon on my blog).