Monday, March 25, 2013

Dealing with Rejection

(Harlequin role- image created on iPhone)

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

I was at a gallery opening on Saturday night and friends kept coming up to me: “Where is your work? Why isn’t it in? “

And I had to say. “I got rejected.”

Now if you are an artist or writer, you get used to it.  Or you give up making work.

But how do you deal with rejection?
Well you can toughen yourself up by trying the The Rejection Generator Project :

Here are some samples:

Dear Artist

“We can see all the work, care, and even love that you've put into this piece, which makes it harder to tell you that we won't be accepting it. This is hard for us, because we just can't stop laughing... All that work, all the devotions of your soul and your heart, and you produce this? That's hilarious. We can barely type because we're laughing so hard.”

Or how about this:

“Dear Writer,

I enjoyed reading the opening pages of your novel but you didn’t follow our submission guidelines. Prospective authors must be at least sixteen years of age. Based on the chapters you sent us, I doubt you are older than ten.

Yours truly,
The Editors

As Nietzsche said:
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”



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