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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The "R" Word




Writers collect rejections.

When I was in school, my fellow students talked about it like a hobby, like some kind of sport. Who can get the most before giving up? Who can suffer the longest for that single moment of glory wrapped in serif font? "Decorate your rejection boxes!" Kent said at one of our residencies. We laughed. "I'm serious. Make an altar for it!" he retorted with one eyebrow up.

When writer's talk about their rejections, they lower their voices, and sort of grin. Not a cocky grin, not an "I've-got-a-secret-grin," but a quiet grin, a world-weary grin, a grin that says "I still haven't quit."

2 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

ah...dreaded rejections. at least that one's cute and sort of kind :) props to you for keeping at it!

again, my apologies for being such a slacker when it comes to the editing end..."edit at least 1-2 essays for Christin" makes it on my to-do list every week but never gets crossed off amid the chaos :(

4:37 AM  
Blogger Annie Wright said...

Cousin Beth S. suggested that you set a goal to hit a certain number of rejections on one piece before you start hoping for a publisher to say yes.

For now, should we hope for 25 rejections?

8:16 AM  

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