On Rejections

"There's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all..." -Bob Dylan 

In my eyes, nothing fosters a writer's growth more than rejection. While having your manuscript or short story rejected can be a bitter pill to swallow, it nevertheless shows there is more work to be done. If every writer were to have every story published, it would be an ideal world, but not a true world. There'd be no reason for a writer to try harder, ambition would be lost. I feel even renowned authors need an ounce of humility to remind them that their journey as a writer is not through.

I have submitted a great number of stories to publications, and a few have even been published, but I never learned a lot from those stories. Those stories never revealed to me what needed to be fixed or what I can do to make my prose better, and so while I was proud of them, there was a greater feeling of dissatisfaction born because, it seemed, I'd reached a plateau.

Perhaps what I'm saying reveals a masochistic streak, however, I can tell you right now if I was ever a wunderkind, the luster of writing--of always searching for the greater story--would be lost to me.

I took some classes in college where I heard two sides of the same argument. There was a vast majority of my peers who were frightened to send off their submissions because they'd heard it was a bad idea, because they were so young and foolish in regards to the complexity of the craft. The other argument being that if you don't send out your stories for submission, you're crippling yourself and not allowing yourself to evolve as a writer.

As you can see I chose the latter argument to abide by. Sending out your stories to the big, bad world can be intimidating, however, it's scarier to keep them hidden away and let yourself be gnawed away by regret.

That's my two cents.


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