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midge-raymond's picture
Sep.26.2010
In this New York Times blurb about the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library opening in November, I was glad to see that among the things to be displayed are “boxes of rejection letters,” which his oldest daughter, Edie Vonnegut, hopes will inspire writers. She told the A.P. that Vonnegut received...
tayari-jones's picture
Sep.08.2010
I spend a lot of time advising writers not to let rejection get them down. But today, I am offering a difference bit of advice on the same subject. Instead of thinking of ways to ignore the sting is failure, let's try learning how to celebrate successes-- no matter how small. Have you noticed the...
gabriella-hewitt's picture
Sep.03.2010
2000 more words! That is all I need to get this novella fit to send to the next editor. The first attempt was a miss. The editor I had hoped to dazzle didn't buy. But atleast she was very pleasant about it. Too plot heavy. So, I'm trimming off some fat and packing on some pounds in other places.  I...
gabriella-hewitt's picture
Sep.01.2010
It has been a while since I got back in the game. Moved to a new state and city. Left New York to go down south where the sun shined and people were more friendly. I was depressed for a time and couldn't find the right groove. Writers block was more like a huge stone wall with a moat around it....
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Aug.19.2010
I just came across a rejection letter from the Museum of Art, politely declining the donation of a painting by an artist. The letter is dated October 18, 1956, and the reason stated is "severely limited gallery and storage space." The artist is no less than ... Andy Warhol. The painting...
martha-jette's picture
Jul.31.2010
I barely remembered my parents and siblings – all of whom were wrenched apart when I was two years old.  My first memory is of a cramped room with several windows where half a dozen cots were laid out all around me.  As a toddler, I had no comprehension of our impoverished lifestyle.  Instead, I...
rand-bishop's picture
Jul.24.2010
I was inspired by a brief article entitled The Function of Failure by Dr. Cheryl Lentz (RefractiveThinker.com). Dr. Cheryl's basic premise in this wise and succinct piece is "fail faster to succeed sooner." Her allegory stars an imaginary plumber by the name of Peter. We are aghast that...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Jul.22.2010
Two of my twitter pals passed along the news of the Paris Review "unaccepting" work.  New editors came on board, took one look at some poems already in the chute, and said, "Um, no thanks." While this would be a demoralizing letter to get, I'm not exactly sure why it is causing...
amy-tan's picture
Jul.17.2010
 I've been reading a book on writing that includes stories of rejection from writers who later saw success. Stephen King, Andrew Sean Greer, myself. Reading them together, you'd think there was a contest on who was more brutally rejected. Fun reading. (Write That Book Already! by Sam Barry...
mailrangam-venkataraman's picture
Jul.05.2010
If I cannot express my loveAnd if the society prevents itThen to live on this Earth is how?I understand not even a bit Just to tell a girl my mindIf I am denied a chanceHer thought how can I find?Are young men useless pawns? If my emotions remain undisclosedAnd love for her is in heart lockedIf my...