The Hardest Part of…
One of the things I struggle with as a writer is the waiting… and waiting … and waiting. What am I waiting for?
My rejections, of course.
I finish my current or ongoing project. I summarize the entire story in a synopsis (no mean feat). I then create a pitch with a few snappy sentences designed to intrigue the editor or agents I’ve targeted through my research.
And I’m selling beachfront property in South Dakota.
I send out stories to be evaluated by people who may or may not have the same aesthetic as mine. The editors and/or agents then make a judgment on the project in front of them and decide whether or not it will work in their grand scheme. Then they will send out either a happy acceptance letter, or a rejection letter.
Acceptance and rejection is part of this world of writing we’ve chosen to participate in. To me, either one means feedback. Feedback is good.
Like warriors of old, who looked at their battle scars as badges of courage and bravery, I view rejections as the same thing. Yes, they sting and are sometimes painful, but are, ultimately, non-fatal.
Each one represents feedback (yes, even the pithy, apologetic form letters). They are my badges of honor from the trenches.
Through the entire process of conceptualizing, writing, editing, beta-reading and formalizing our projects, there should be input from people outside our heads (no, the voices in your head do not count as readers and editing partners). We need to reach out and bounce our ideas off others to help the conceptualization and the execution of our vision. The rejection can be viewed as a building block that makes us better writers and people. Wishing won’t get you the results of hard work and perseverance. Rejection is just part of that road.
Plenty of authors who came before us and will come after us have survived the rejection process. Like Darwin’s theory of evolution, the writer who works through their rejections and adapts will survive. Otherwise, like the dodo we’ll end up stuffing someone’s pillows and ending up in large stock pots.
I am not a dodo, I am a writer.
- Why I reject manuscripts the way I do (pugaliciouspress.com)
- The Rejection of Rejection (sarahalicewaterhouse.wordpress.com)
- Another Rejection Letter, Huh? (picturestothinkabout.wordpress.com)
- Links from Around the Writing World: Rejection, Acceptance, and Building Your Name (scienda-editorial.com)
- Rejections (nobleyoungadult.wordpress.com)