About Rejection

We all get rejected and it hurts. Some of them will make you re-examine your story and do a much needed edit on it. Those are beneficial because they help us grow as authors. Those I honestly like to receive.

But every now and again you get one that makes you laugh out loud. My very favorite rejection was from a judge in a contest. The story I submitted was about being trapped in a store. I thought it had relevance because I work in a store and being trapped at work for a longer period then my shift would be my worst nightmare.

Here’s the rejection I received. “I’ve never worked in a store but I know they don’t work the way you described. You should do more research into what it is like to work in the job before you write about it.” And yes she gave me a score of 1 out of 5. Guess I have to pay better attention to what goes on around me while at work.

So I did some research about rejections and found these other authors were rejected too.

Stephen King’s novel, Carrie. “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”

William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies. “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.”

Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch 22. “I haven’t the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say. Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level.”

George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm. “It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”

And my personal favorite Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. “ Get rid of all that Indian stuff.” Yes that would make Tribal policing more realistic.

I’m glad these silly rejections didn’t stop these wonderful authors from writing. Every time I get a silly rejection I read over this list and smile as I realize I’m in good company.

What are your favorite rejection stories?

How Do You Define Success?

Success is defined in the dictionary as: degree or measure of succeeding; favourable or desired outcome. As writers we define success as a contracted book but there are more ways for us to count our successes.

One of the ways I count my success is writing 100 words a day. They have to be new words so when I do editing I still have to write my 100 words a day. Now you might say that’s not much of a challenge but I usually don’t stop at 100. I get two or three pages done each day, more on days I don’t have to go to work but if all I get is two pages every day for 7 days then I have fourteen pages or more than a chapter every week. At the end of the year, I’ve written over fifty-two chapters. Whoo! Whoo! For me.

Accountability is another way to measure success. Another group has word count Wednesday. Now that means that every Wednesday you post your success. How many words have you written? Have you entered a contest? Have you submitted to an editor or an agent? In other words, what have you actually done for your writing career for that week?

We all fall off the wagon from time to time. Yes, I’m guilty of that too but it’s easy to see you haven’t done your word count if you keep track of it.

I try to incorporate classes in my definition of success. I truly believe you can always learn more. Last month I took a social media class because I needed to conquer my fear of technology. I’m not perfect at it but I’m much better than I was.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas that you can incorporate into defining your success as a writer.

How do you define success?

Success is defined in the dictionary as: degree or measure of succeeding; favourable or desired outcome. As writers we define success as a contracted book but there are more ways for us to count our successes.

One of the ways I count my success is writing 100 words a day. They have to be new words so when I do editing I still have to write my 100 words a day. Now you might say that’s not much of a challenge but I usually don’t stop at 100. I get two or three pages done each day, more on days I don’t have to go to work but if all I get is two pages every day for 7 days then I have fourteen pages or more than a chapter every week. At the end of the year, I’ve written over fifty-two chapters. Whoo! Whoo! For me.

Accountability is another way to measure success. Another group has word count Wednesday. Now that means that every Wednesday you post your success. How many words have you written? Have you entered a contest? Have you submitted to an editor or an agent? In other words, what have you actually done for your writing career for that week?

We all fall off the wagon from time to time. Yes, I’m guilty of that too but it’s easy to see you haven’t done your word count if you keep track of it.

I try to incorporate classes in my definition of success. I truly believe you can always learn more. Last month I took a social media class because I needed to conquer my fear of technology. I’m not perfect at it but I’m much better than I was.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas that you can incorporate into defining your success as a writer.