What if we considered rejections a win?
How much would that change things?
This year, I’m planning to get my priorities straight.
As writers, we hear over and over again that we must write. Everyday. We must have a routine! And so on and so forth.
Can writing daily make you a better writer? In many cases, yes. It can definitely make you a more prolific writer. But once you’re at a certain skill level, what writing everyday really gets you is more books.
I used to beat myself up when I missed a day of writing. My focus was always on writing more–more frequently, more words, longer writing sessions, etc.
Writing more books would help me hone my craft, but it wouldn’t get me published.
Rewriting and marketing those books might. (For the indies, marketing might mean editing, formatting, designing, and hitting publish. Same deal, slightly different method.)
At that point, I had 4.5 novels in the can, but I hadn’t sent out a query letter in five years. I always meant to submit my work, but if I only had enough hours in the day for writing or marketing, writing always won.
I began to submit my work again last year, but it was a slow process. Still, with what I did manage, I got a publishing contract for my novella—The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave will be published by Samhain Horror this May. Clearly, my life coach was on to something.
In 2015, it’s time to step it up. Now I have six books to market, a few of which still need some rewriting and polishing (another task that used to get pushed further and further down on the ol’ to-do list).
I’ve resolved to collect 100 rejections this year. A different life coach, Tiffany Han, inspired me to do this. She has a program where writers and other creative types cheer each other on in the pursuit of 100 Rejection Letters (I’ll be interviewing Tiffany on this blog later in the month).
Rejections can be tough, disheartening, rude, and downright ugly, but what if you were striving to collect 100 of them? The idea of turning it into a game appeals to me. When you take away downtime for the holiday season, obtaining 100 rejections means submitting something twice a week–and that’s assuming you don’t get a single acceptance. So far, I’ve managed double that and I’m excited about the possibilities.
I’m not saying writers shouldn’t write. But if you’ve written a lot and you’re not marketing, why not? Assuming you want to be published, what’s holding you back?
Who wants to shoot for 100 rejections with me? Imagine all the acceptances this kind of contest could bring!