Photoshop Friday

I love reality shows. I’m not ashamed to admit that. Especially the reality competition shows. I guess I relate to people fiercely striving to live their dreams. Anyway, today I was envisioning the next big hit. I call it:

America’s Next Bestseller

It starts with eager writers all over the country gathering to New York City to try their luck.

The first round will test the young writer’s abilities to think on their feet. They will each have to write a piece of flash fiction on a secret topic, which will be revealed, Iron Chef style by The Chairman. (Dramatic music and flashing lights included.)

After the first cuts, and many tears, the remaining contestants are given a larger assignment of editing their novels. This will test their endurance and stamina. They have 24 hours to make things perfect.

But don’t worry, they’ll have someone there to give them pointers and encouragement.

After the editing round, the selected finalists will face the big moment. The Readings. In front of a live audience, and the American public on TV, the writers will read excerpts from their manuscripts. These will be judged by a panel of editors and agents.

And in the end, after grueling week upon grueling week, a single writer is crowned the Next Bestseller!!

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18 Comments

  1. Natalie Whipple on November 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Hehe, sometimes it kinda feels like that’s how it works anyway…except there’s no cameras. Which is probably good, since then I’d have to wear makeup.



  2. Candice on November 6, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Call Mark Burnett and make it so! This would be an awesome reality show. It would be wildly popular, I’m sure.

    You’re hilarious, Renee!



  3. Kasie West on November 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    LOL! That’s funny. I love the “Iron Chef” style announcement. Emmo mummy love triangles? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! That’s what I would scream when he announced that. LOL Funny stuff.



  4. Tere Kirkland on November 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    ROFL! Allez-Γ©criture!

    This is an awesome idea. I love how Simon is clutching the red pen of doom!



  5. Renee Collins on November 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Natalie-It’s true. I was thinking that I was making this. Aren’t I playing this game right now?

    Candice-Seriously, wouldn’t it be fun to watch? I know I’d TiVo it. If I only had TiVo . . .

    Kasie-hehe, yes it just wouldn’t be right without The Chairman. He rocks.

    Tere Kirkland-Thanks! πŸ™‚ And yes, Simon’s definitely a fan of that pen. Look how he’s marked up those poor manuscripts!



  6. sraasch on November 6, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Is it weird that I have actually thought of this before? And think it would be really fun but at the same slightly degrading?



  7. Becca on November 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Ren…”brill” – what more can I say. As usual, I laughed, I cried, I chortled…and thought to myself, “actually – its not a bad idea – for reals” πŸ™‚ I loved the “make it work” guy from “next design star (or whatever that show is called) And ps – I really think you need to write that “emo mummy love triangle” book…serious!! πŸ˜‰



  8. Diana on November 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    LOL! This was a great photoshop Friday! There were so many funny little details! My fav. was the large cans of DP in the workroom:) and of course Tim Gunn;)
    Vintage.



  9. lora96 on November 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    i’d watch it. but i still watch the bachelor πŸ™‚

    love the iron chef element i can just see the panic, the sweating, the weeping! good tv.

    litdiva.blogspot.com



  10. Lady Glamis on November 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Hah! Funny that I think that’s something that could be a big hit, hehe! You are so funny, Ren. πŸ™‚



  11. Katie on November 7, 2009 at 12:41 am

    haha. so cute!!!!



  12. Renee Collins on November 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Sara-haha, fun and slightly degrading, that’s the perfect way to describe these shows. πŸ™‚

    Becca-The show is Project Runway. Don’t you watch?! Becca, you need to! It’s so fun!

    Diana-I love Tim Gunn. I seriously need him to be an amazing writer and become my personal mentor. πŸ™‚

    lora96-I watch the Bachelor too! I tried to think of a way to work it in, but it didn’t work out this time. πŸ™‚

    Michelle-I think so too! I might have to show this idea to reality tv show producers. For reals. πŸ˜‰

    Katie- Thanks! πŸ™‚



  13. lora96 on November 7, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    maybe incorporate a consolation prize as in the runner-up wins a blind date with one of those bearded reclusive famous author types?



  14. Jessie Oliveros on November 8, 2009 at 2:43 am

    They make reality shows for just about everything now so I just have to say, it could happen. Your pictures are hilarious. I think that Ryan is whispering in David’s ear, “Can I have an autographed copy, please?”



  15. Miriam S.Forster on November 8, 2009 at 3:51 am

    *snort* *giggle* *burst out laughing*

    So. Awesome. πŸ™‚



  16. JaneyV on November 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I love Photoshop Friday Ren – you really do make me laugh. I’d fail miserably at this because my typing is so darn bad. I’ve had to go back and correct 7 mistakes just writing this little bit. I couldn’t do it with Simon Cowell looking at me.

    OK 10 mistakes.



  17. Mary on November 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Great idea! I’d watch. I have an award for you at my Writer’s Butt blog.



  18. Renee Collins on November 9, 2009 at 3:34 am

    lora-HA! That cracks me up. Brilliant. πŸ™‚

    Jessie-Very true. I could be sitting on a goldmine and not realize it. πŸ™‚

    Miriam-Thanks!

    Janey-It’s those darn, un-editable Blogger comments! They get me everytime too. Seriously, if you knew how much I have to edit my posts. . . πŸ™‚

    Mary-Thank you! Love the blog name, btw. πŸ™‚