Rejection is harrowing in all areas of life. In writing it is the same, it just occurs more often.
When Stephen King first began seriously writing and sending his story manuscripts to various publishers, he pinned his rejection slips on a nail in the wall of his bedroom. After years of the same process, the nail bent under the weight of the rejections, so he replaced it with a spike. Even while looking at the mound of rejections pinned to his wall every day, he didn’t stop writing. His only sentiment that serves as a partial explanation for the vicious force with which he wrote in his teenage years was, “when you’re too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure” (On Writing). Continue reading