“Rejection”, the dreaded word for many writers. Simply put, whatever the piece of writing, it is not wanted by whomever it was sent to for publication. It could be for any reason from poorly written to not right for this publication at this time. I’ve been fortunate and so far only received nicely worded rejection letters. I have read some writers have, at times, received much less than kind rejection letters. Rejection is part of being a writer. At least if I’m being rejected, it means I’m trying and trying takes a certain amount of courage.
I like to think I’m not too thin skinned. I don’t go running for the covers and crying upon receiving a rejection letter. I don’t stop writing. I don’t stop trying to submit my writing, but I do find I slow down. Maybe I shouldn’t, but it’s like I find myself wanting to know that at least one thing I have written and sent out into the world will be accepted before I continue sending more forth. So far I have received 6 rejections and still have 8 pieces of my writing I’m waiting to hear back on.
Sometimes it’s funny how many coincidences happen on days I’m thinking about something. Yesterday was just a down day. I needed a little encouragement and motivation. While reading my email, I just happened onto a couple of things that encouraged me as a writer. I thought I’d share them with you just encase you need to add to your supply of motivation. (Much lower calorie way to do it than the dark chocolate bundt cake with dark chocolate icing I made yesterday afternoon, but boy was it tasty.)
One was a post by a freelance writer named Connor Rickett I read yesterday. He shared a story of how one of his short stories was rejected, but it led to him getting a paid assignment. Goes to show sometimes rejection can lead to good things. In the same blog post he also shares a video of another writer, Neil Gaiman, giving an encouraging commencement address to a group of students. Mr. Gaiman shared about his aspirations of being a writer and striving towards your dreams. All of this can be found on Connor’s blog – Cities of the Mind.
The other bit of writing encouragement I ran across was on BubbleCow. It was a post titled Famous Writers Who Were Rejected Before Making It Big. It contained a list of 11 famous authors who faced rejection. Yes, the failures of others does make me feel better. It reassures me that many writers whose works are quite well known today faced rejection, often in record numbers of rejection slips, before their book or other piece of writing was accepted. This knowledge helps me to continue to try, even in the face of rejection.
Life continues on. I keep striving to improve my writing and learn more about the craft of writing. Yesterday also made me think of the song Tomorrow, which Little Orphan Annie sang in the movie. I like the hopeful part of the song, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow…” I’ll keep hoping and not give up. I can’t. I’ve found I like writing too much. If you’re a writer at heart, no matter if you’ve had something published or not, never stop writing.