How many rejections can you handle before you break down? Most of the time, seasoned writers let it hit them and then brush it off, like a baseball barely tapping you when you're up to bat. But sometimes, it impacts with us in just the right way, and we're down with a concussion or, at the very least, a nasty bruise. The writers who tell you they NEVER get down about their writing are liars.
Well, I have received six rejections in a two-to-three week period. It's starting to wear me down. Just as I am supposed to be surging forward with renewed vigor for the new year, I am flagging. It doesn't help that some of these were ones I really wanted (but, then again, they all are).
I find myself hesitating about submitting. I linger a little longer over e-mails, revise a poem that doesn't NEED it, measure my carpet fibers to see if they have grown out a bit... OK, not the last one.
Maybe I am just going to tear into a new project and forget submissions for a while. Then again, maybe not. There are deadlines looming. And, possibly, one of them is waiting on me, for my voice. Perhaps I am only a split atom's width away from being the next big thing.
A girl can dream, right?