Resilient – that is one of the best terms for a writer. If your not resilient you might as well not try. Writing is not only about telling a story but then telling it better, and better, and getting feed back as to why it is not good enough yet, and then making it better.
If you can’t bounce back from critique you can’t write. If you can’t bounce back from rejection, you can’t write. If you can force yourself to make painful cuts and move on, if you can’t do what has to be done to character, scene, or plot concept then keep on working – you ain’t writing.
So here I am – bouncing back.
Yup – I got rejected again from my number one choice for publishers. Does this mean I’m done? Just like last time I was rejected – Hell NO. In fact, I read the very kind rejection e-mail as ‘WORD” booted up and after sending a thank you to the editor I started writing – just as I had planned to for that part of my day.
This is what it is all about. I’m not frustrated, depressed, or angry… though that might be because I’m cycling… hmm – well never mind.
Twice rejected from the same place and I think I love all the more for it. But now it IS time to move on. Find the next place that could be a good fit for me as a writer and for the tales I want to tell.
Tomorrow, I start down the road again. I know somewhere down the lane their is a house for me. I just haven’t knocked on the right door yet.