Saturday, April 18, 2009

What does Susan Boyle have to do with writers?

What does Susan Boyle have to do with writers?


In case you missed the first video, here’s a link to one of the most uplifting, inspiring, and amazing experiences you could imagine. But this is only part of the story.

Susan explains to Simon that she just hasn’t been given the right chance yet, and maybe now, things will change. Boy, have they ever. And originally, I thought that was the story.

Now a second song has emerged, from 1999, and Susan’s voice was even better then. Here’s the link to that song. In this one, she sings, “Cry Me A River.”

So what can writers learn from this?

Never give up!

No matter how long it takes, no matter how many people tell you, “No,” just keep at it. If you have the talent, eventually you’ll get that chance, like Susan was looking for. Ten years ago she demonstrated that she could sing, yet nothing happened.

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, it’s the people who believe in themselves and keep moving toward their goals who will prevail. This applies for other fields in addition to writing.

Focus on your goals and never give up. Susan didn’t give up, and look at her sail now. As I’ve said before, the right material, in the right house, with the right editor, and the right time, cannot be stopped.

Max Elliot Anderson


Brenda Sturgis said...

She's AMAZING! I bet I've watched her 20 times.

Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) said...

Fantastic points. Thanks for reminding us all that there's more to Susan than just an amazing voice - there's commitment, courage, and tenacity. You're right. Those are things we all need more of these days.

Linda Worden said...

I, too, am mesmerized by Susan Boyle and her humble persona but her huge singing gift. Thanks for pointing out the fact that writers can learn something important from Susan - keep writing so you'll be ready when the door of opportunity opens.

dale Harcombe said...

Good point Max, for writers about not giving up. What we all need to remember. Yes, it's an amazing story and Susan has a great voice. I used it is an example to illustrate another point. Here's the link to the blog.

zxcvbnm said...

You are so right, Max. My take on it was that we are all too ready to let prejudice cloud our lives.

Mary Cunningham said...

So right, Max! She is NOT a "one-hit wonder." I believe her amazing talent will endure.


LadyD said...

Thank you! Pleasant surprise to hear from you... Congrats on the high ratings and much continued success. Susan is an angel!

Donna Alice said...

I really needed to hear this today. Thanks for pointing the fact out to use to never give up - so true.

Kevin McNamee said...

Good point Max.

I've heard it said that it's not hard to become a writer, but it is hard to stay one, case in point...

Kevin McNamee

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

I can't get her out of my head. What an impact she made on me. What an impact the look on Simon's face made also. Joy, pure joy.

Didn't she say she had been caring for elderly parents for years? Never give up!


Charlotte Mielziner said...

Good comment about this woman. She has probably been underestimated all her life. Let's hope more of us in the writer's world get such an opportunity to shine.