Why I Survive as A Writer

It takes me about five minutes to get over a rejection. Here's the process.

0 minute: Okay that's it! That's I'm never sending you people another manuscript to reject! You hate me! It's not just my books, but you've rejected [3-10] of my stories, you hate ME! What have I ever done to you that you should hate me so?

1 minute: I wonder if I have anything else I could send them? No! No! Never again.

2 minutes: But that other story is pretty good, maybe it'll work? No? No. >sigh< three, four, five, six rejections? Can't you get the message, Rothwell?

Give it a rest.

3 minutes: Maybe a chocolate muffin would make me feel better.

3.5 minutes: But you had birthday cake yesterday. No chocolate for you, Kate. Damn you, publisher! It's your fault I want chocolate!

4 minutes: I can get some more coffee though. That'll work.

4.5 minutes: and maybe I should get to work on that other manuscript. Hey, maybe THAT one will work for the publisher---?
NO! No. Didn't you hear me? Give it a rest.

5 minutes: Okay, back to work.

5.5 minutes: Although, maybe. . . . . . there's this other place that might work for the manuscript. They've only rejected me two, three four times.


  1. We survive on hope.

  2. ...and coffee and chocolate every other day.

  3. I wish I could "like" comments on blogs a la facebook. Or a thumbs up. Consider yours thumbed, Irene.

  4. Hmmm, that looks about like my process for rejections! It sure helps.

  5. Hate to be a wet blanket, but you persist because you've had some success amidst the failure. Nothing more powerful than intermittent positive reinforcement.

  6. Rejection, not failure. You know what I meant :)

  7. failure, rejection, dead dreams, fallen souffles, weasels sucking your soul...it's all the same in the end.

  8. Wow, one minute into reading your blog, and I'm already laughing in appreciation and recognition. Yep, that's the process here too.

    Enjoying 'Seducing Stephen' right now, which is why I looked you up, so thanks for that as well as your blog! I'll be reading more of both...



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