A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending Rob Bell’s “Drops Like Stars” tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. He shared a quotation from a Franciscan priest that I’ve been mulling over ever since:
He later shared another quotation from an artist who said that the creative process is something to the likeness of “agony, agony, agony.”
Then on Friday, as I was reading up on some new writing blogs I found (thanks to Twitter), I came across one writer’s blog called, “Literary Rejections on Display.” While Jacob Appel is known as an award-winning short-story writer and has published various literary journals, during the course of his career he has also received approximately 11,000 rejections. Here are his two favorite rejections:
The first letter stated:
“I imagine some editors find your work amusing, although I cannot
imagine why. Please don’t send your work to XXXXX ever again.”
Another, from a different journal, read in entirety:
“Dear Mr. Appel:
Do not consider this note of rejection specific to this story.
Consider it a preemptive rejection of anything else that you are
thinking of sending our way. The Editors.”
Failure. Agony. Rejection.
Why do people decide to go into this business?
On another note, I commented on Donald Miller’s blog today and was thrilled that he responded to MY comment (and no one elses)! So you might say that we conversed today. I’m star struck.