Saturday, December 17, 2011

Writing and Revenge

I read most of the NaNo posts and admire all the participants, maybe even envied them for their williness to stick out their necks. Think I must be a chicken. But it did get me thinking . . .

Why do I write? It's not an easy thing to do. Rejection leads the pack. It sucks! Almost every writer get rejected one time or another. By agents, publishers, and reviewers. And who wants to be told their baby is ugly. J.K. Rawlings submitted to twelve publishing houses and was rejected by all of them. Stephen King received doezens of rejections for Carrie (and he kept them nailed to a spike in his bedroom as a reminder).

I like what Frank Sinate once said, "The best revenge is massive success." And it's especially true when it comes to writers, whether unpublished or published. When famous people are rejected people are stunned. But it happens to the best of us.

We're reaching the end of 2011, that means we'll be looking forward to a better year in 2012. Many of us will make resolutions about writing. Don't let this year's rejection letters get you down. Don't give up. Think of Gertrude Stein who spent twenty-two years before getting a single poem accepted.

I just read an article that author Dick Wimmer proclaimed himself as being the 'most rejected novelist'. Mr. Wimmer passed away on May 18, 2011, at the age of 74. During his lifetime he received 160+ rejections over 25 years. Do the math--it meant he spent a quarter of a century being told 'no'. His novel Irish Wine (Mercury House, 1989) was published to positive reviews. Why mention this author? Because his legacy is one of hope and persistence.

So take Mr. Sinatra's advice and submit, submit, submit!

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