Here’s a riddle for you.
What is made from paper, but these days most often from pixels on a screen?
What, despite its ephemeral nature can cut like a wound, its sting successfully piercing the heart of any creative soul?
What wounds like a well aimed blade? Like being dumped for the first time? Like being a huge Star Wars fan watching the The Phantom Menace for the first time?
What can leave you feeling low, worthless, convinced that you’ve pointlessly wasted years of your life when you could have been pointlessly wasting it in some other way?
It’s our old friend REJECTION, of course.
Now, those of you who have read this blog before know that rejection is something of an obssession of mine – perhaps because I’ve been laid low by it’s poison on many occasions.
But, there is heartening news, my dear, beautiful bundles, because here is a gorgeous fact to ponder.
REJECTION IS MERELY A STEPPING STONE TO ACCEPTANCE.
You can have that nugget of wisdom for free. If you want to type it up, add a picture of a kitten and hang it in your study, you do that.
For guidance on how to cope with this thorniest of writing issues – and for a nice list of famous authors who’ve been rejected more times than you have – why not pop over to the Mslexia blog, where my latest post is up and waiting for your perusal.