J.K. Rowling got 12.
John Grisham got 25.
Stephen King, “dozens.”
Kathryn Stockett, 60.
Don’t you know the people who sent those rejection letters are kicking themselves every single day? But it’s just one of those unavoidable things — authors get rejected. In King’s book, “On Writing,” he describes how he saved his letters.
“… the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.”
Author/speaker/blogger Kristen Lamb explains the difference between aspiring writers and authentic writers in her recent blog post, “Don’t Eat the Butt #4 — Real Writers Never Struggle.” She says it’s a myth that “real” writers are brilliant enough to produce fantastic work without ever second-guessing themselves. On the contrary, writers who struggle are real writers because the struggle is part of the process.
My goal is to start querying literary agents at the end of the summer. I fully expect to receive rejections, and when I do I will save them because they will be badges of honor. I’m not just talking about being a writer. I AM a writer.
The collection is already started:
I found this while organizing my filing cabinet this past weekend. I’d forgotten all about it. Now it will wait to be joined by the others to come. And one day, if I’m lucky, the people who send them will be kicking themselves.
Tell me about your artistic/creative struggle. What’s your badge of honor?