Friday, June 13, 2014

FIGHTING THE REJECTION BLUES

“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”  —James Lee Burke

I must not consider a rejection as personal. It’s a memo to my muse that there is still room for improvement in my work. My job is to apply it like fertilizer in order for my writing to grow.

“We will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way.” —Earl G. Graves

I am allowed to be sad after receiving a rejection, but not for days on end. Instead, I must plunge back into my work. Many famous writers had their work rejected for years so I’m in good company.

“Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.” —Isaac Asimov 

When we are learning to walk, we think nothing of falling down again and again. We just get back up and try again. Lord, give me the tenacity of that toddler when it comes to my writing.

“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” —Bo Bennett

I must remember that a rejection is one person’s opinion—not a rejection by the masses. And as one person’s opinion, I can heed or ignore it as I please.

“Rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are.” —Greg Daugherty

While unwritten pieces cannot be rejected, neither can they be read and enjoyed. And I admit that I am one of those egotistical writers who wants her words to be read. And enjoyed.

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” —Malcolm Forbes

Did you ever burn your toast? I bet you didn’t keep on burning it.

“No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer. One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with a certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.” —Stanley Ellin

Just be sure your dental coverage if paid up in case you end up needing a set of dentures.