03 October 2012

taking rejection to [art]: how writers can deal with rejection

Dear Submit-O-Rama Participants,

As we draw closer to the end of the first week of the Submit-O-Rama challenge, I'm sure there have been some disappointments ... Some early rejections, perhaps, that not only came sooner than you thought they would but also perhaps stung a little more than you thought they would.

I just want to encourage you to keep at it! No, rejection isn't easy ... in fact, it downright stinks. But remember this: While the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the inverse is true of submitting.

The journey to a single yes may be paved with a thousand "No"s.

But think how much sweeter that will make the "Yes" moments of your journey. There's a classic Gospel song that notes, "A little pain makes me appreciate the good times." The writing life will often be a little bittersweet: you've got to taste the bitter to taste the sweet. Just remember that it's worth it, and we're all here with you!

So find a way to turn the rain of a rejection into a rainbow, and don't think of those somber slips telling you your work wasn't the right fit as raining on your writing parade, but as watering the garden of your writing until your pieces bloom and the seeds of your labor spread far and wide. Instead of taking your rejections to heart, do what I do ... find a little joy in them by taking them to ART!

Taking rejection to "art" ... Space Invader style.

Happy Writing.


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    1. Thanks, Joseph! I usually try to make the backgrounds myself, but in this case, as soon as I saw the word "future" in the rejection letter ... "Space Invaders" entered my mind and wouldn't leave. The best thing is, with e-rejections, it's so much easier to do these using a simple program like MSPaint or Gimp


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