October 18th, 2011


Green Room - Sign Up Week - Day 5

It's Day 5 of sign ups http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/485253.html - Do you know where your children are???

Maybe they are reading the FAQ http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/484986.html

or coming in from Spotlight! (Welcome to everyone from there btw! Nice to meet you!)

Maybe they are waiting for the first topic to be posted later today. I'm still trying to decide between "What is your favorite kind of facial hair"
and "No, really, what do you REALLY think about Autumn". ;)

These are difficult choices, but I'm sure that I'll come up with something just as thought provoking!

In the meantime though - how are you doing?
Idol8 wheel

Topic 1

Anyone who has been around Idol for any length of time knows what to expect this topic to be -

Intr... nah, not going there this time.

We are going with a proverb, and good advice for this season of Idol:

When you pray, move your feet

Just a reminder, post your entries in your own LJ, and link them back here. Only links should be going here -if you want to comment on an entry, go to the entry itself. All other commentary goes to the Green or Work Rooms. All passengers should disembark in the loading and unloading zones.

There's an extended deadline this week.

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, October 24th at 8pm EDT

(http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html for those of you around the "world" ;) )

Idol8 wheel

Work Room - Week 1

Hello there, and welcome to your first "Work Room". 

For those who are new - or generally missed it in the FAQs - the Work Room is a space to bounce ideas and talk about writing. Yours. Other peoples. Give and take advice. 

It's your space. I'm sure you can come up with something to do with it.

Every once in awhile, I'll bring in a "Mentor" to Tim Gunn/Tom Colicchio things. 

This week (and next) it will be teaberryblue Especially with throwing you into the fire in Week 1, I figured you could use a friendly face (and a professional editor/former contestant!) 

Hi, everyone! My name is Tea, and I’ve been very happy to participate in therealljidol in the previous two years.  If you’re new to the wacky world of LJ Idol, you may know me from Gary’s lightningbolt icon.  

Gary asked me to mentor the first two weeks of the LJ Idol Work Room, and I suspect that he has an ulterior motive in doing so: last year, when I was playing on an alternate journal, people apparently cottoned onto the fact that I might actually be playing because he didn’t ask me to mentor.  So, here I am.  I’m mentoring the Work Room, and not competing.  

I’m a professional editor, and one thing I have always felt strongly about is that I am better at helping other people achieve their best in terms of their craft (whatever craft that may be) than I am at creating my own.  Part of this involves the nitpicky stuff like spelling and grammar and sentence structure and flow and all those things that make us anxious about whether our writing is polished and professional but part of this is about confidence in you, your ideas, and your ability to communicate to other people.  I think the best lesson I have learned about how to make my writing great is not about polish or narrative arc, but about just being myself. And in a competition like Idol, being yourself counts for a lot.  When you’re in the midst of hundreds of good writers, having a voice that is uniquely you, however you go about achieving it, can be the difference between eliciting a smile and a nod and really having people remember your name.