Monday, 1 June 2015

Britain's Got Talent

This last week of television has been full of talented hopefuls doing their best to please four judges and millions of television viewers.

Whenever I hear the thud of a rejection falling on the doormat (or pinging into my email inbox) I often imagine hearing four loud buzzers going off and four huge red crosses flashing above my head.

While many of these performers exhibited some impressive talents, sometimes it's the hidden talents that are the real heroes. Some of the acts told stories of trudging round the country performing in village halls, pubs and clubs, often away from home for weeks at a time. And despite not getting the break they longed for, they've continued doing what they believe in.

The talent of perseverance is one all writers need. We're going to get red buzzers, but with a talent of perseverance to practise our craft and to learn from our mistakes, we'll find ourselves getting through to bootcamp. And there will be times when everything seems to come together at the right time to produce something that results in the golden buzzer.

So, the next time someone asks you what your talent is, say you have two: you write, and you have perseverance.

Good luck.


  1. Really it's about hard work, isn't it? If you want it, you have to put the labour in. I think it's important to remember that, unlike the impression often given by these shows, where 'big breaks' are possible - they're unlikely to occur in the business of writing. Selling an article is great, but you've got to do that several times a week to make a living. More hard work, more perseverance ... Who was it who said it could take years to become an overnight success?!

    1. Yes, Alex. A lot of hard work. But it can be fun too, can't it?

  2. I'm annoyingly stubborn. Sometimes it helps.