Friday, October 9, 2009

Officially ... rejected

Well ...
it's official.

I am an honest-to-goodness writer.

How do I know this?
I've received two rejection letters.
In the last week, no less.
You're not a real writer until you've been rejected.

The first was from
the Abbey Hill Literary Challenge.
I entered their third-quarter contest.
I didn't expect to win.
I entered because you receive a critique back.
The critique was really quite good
and I learned a lot from it.

The second was from
The Totally Unknown Writer's Festival.
A co-worker suggested I submit something
that I would then read at the Rivoli
in front of an audience.

That sounded like a lot of fun to me ...
I don't have a problem speaking in front of people.

Plus ...
everyone's stories are published in an anthology.
But, after submitting,
my friend gave me a couple of previous anthologies.
I immediately knew that I didn't fit in their genre.
And the note said as much.
But I will aspire to write something for next year.
Or something for their radio show.

They did tell me to continue writing.
There's no way I couldn't, really.
I have to. It's a driving need.

In the meantime,
I'm going to hang my rejection letters in my office.

Proudly!



8 comments:

Clippy Mat said...

Mo: good for you. You will get there, just keep plugging away :-)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I love it! Go for it!!

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Congratulations. I do agree that nothing says "writer" like a rejection. Then again, nothing says "teenager" like rejection, too, but I think you're past that.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

congratulations of your official rejections. it will make that acceptance letter all the more sweeter.

::She Poet:: said...



A fellow blogger had this inspiring article on her site awhile back. I think you will enjoy. You will get published. Every writer gets rejected at some point. At least they didn't beat you down (like in the article) and gave you encouraging words of advice.

Patience & Perseverance!

::She Poet:: said...

http://www.examiner.com/x-562-Book-Examiner~y2009m3d20-20-famous-authors-who-were-rejected-repeatedly-and-sometimes-rudely-by-publishers

C said...

keep doing what you love and you WILL succeed!

c

Crazy Mo said...

Thanks for your support, everyone. I'm not upset about the rejections at all. I'm learning something from each of them.

She Poet: I went to the site you suggested and was totally inspired. Being a huge Harry Potter fan, I especially liked the comment about Rowling. J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer are my guiding lights. These women were rejected countless times and they are now taking the world by storm.