Friday, November 13, 2009

Further Thoughts on Rejection

My friend Ruth, a writer, and I often have conversations about our two favorite art forms, writing and painting. We often marvel at the overlaps and similarities... until today. In response to my blog post on rejection yesterday, she commented that this is one place where artists and writers differ a lot. She went on to explain that writers expect rejection. In fact, they welcome it and wear it as their badge of honor. After all, Ruth reminded me, all of the best and most famous writers were repeatedly rejected. Then she added that she looks upon her rejection letters--yes, she's had a few--as her "Certificates of Participation." In the words of Woody Allen, she said, "Ninety percent of life is just showing up." A rejection letter means she showed up. It means she took the courageous step of putting her very personal work out there, and whether it's well received or not, at least she knows she's done something most people never have the guts to do. That's so cool. We artists could take some lessons from those writer types.

5 comments:

  1. I have a file folder FULL of gallery, publisher & show rejections. Those are ALL MINE and I don't regret even one. Having a reminder of where I've been makes it all that much sweeter when I get a "yes, please." (:

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  2. So true. It's hard to put yourself out there, but you have to in order to get over the fear of it. Thanks for this great post.

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  3. I have definitely entered my fair share of things knowing full well I would get rejected, just so I could get used to seeing it. And you never know, they just may say yes.

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  4. Hello Jennifer! I come to you via Miranda and am so glad she sent me here! I can see I will be returning for some serious backside kicks to make this marketing thing happen! My daughter is a writer and I totally agree with your observation here. I guess we all have our dues to pay.

    I will be back for more inspiration!

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  5. Not being a writer, I wonder do writers often have to submit an entry fee to be told "no thank you"? I think that's where my difficulty lies - having to pay for the privilege of being rejected! LOL

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