If you follow my tweets or facebook or even have me circled on Google+, you’ll know that Friday night was a terrible night for me. I received two emails within ten minutes of each other. One was a rejection letter on my flash fiction piece (and it said the ending was a “cop-out”), and the other was a message from a reviewer about how my writing was “weak.” It was already a terrible night to start with, and at this point, I was ready to call it quits. I could live without writing. Couldn’t I? I had it all planned out. I’d stop writing. If no one liked it, then what was the point?
That night I received messages from (actual) friends on facebook telling me that things would get better. That I was a good writer and not to worry about it. It’s not that easy though, but it was somewhat encouraging.
On Google+, I had other writers talking to me about how to deal with rejection. They gave me some good advice, and I appreciate it so much.
I go to church with a writer of self-help books, Dr. J. Tim Neely, author of “Be Bold Now.” He told me that for every yes he received, he received 400 no’s. But he told me that even though he was rejected a lot, it was even harder to “not write.” That even if I’m the only one who’s going to see it, it’s worth it to write. We had a long chat before the service began, and it helped for me to hear what he was saying. And you know? He’s right. Have you ever tried not writing? It’s in your soul. It’s who you are.
So, you know what I’m going to do now? I’m going to write. Because sometimes you can’t help but write. Even if people believe my writing is weak. It can only get stronger and better if I keep writing.
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