Also unlike most book reviewers, I can choose to write about only the books I do enjoy.
In latea writer friend was sharing her experiences of having months of uninterrupted writing time at her residencies at the Millay Colony, Ragdale, and Yaddo. I was staggered by her impressive rates of acceptance.
I could barely believe that she had the balls to apply to—let alone, get accepted to—several residencies, a prestigious fellowship, and publications in journals I had actually heard of. I asked her what her secret was, and she said something that would change my professional life as a writer: My ego resists mustering up the courage to submit writing to literary magazines, pitch articles, and apply for grants, residencies, and fellowships.
Yet these painful processes are necessary evils if we are ever to climb out of our safe but hermetic cocoons of isolation and share our writing with the world. Perhaps aiming for rejection, a far more attainable goal, would take some of the sting out of this ego-bruising exercise—which so often feels like an exercise in futility.
Surprisingly, the works of highest quality came from the group being graded on quantity, because they had continually practiced, churned out tons of work, and learned from their mistakes.
Being a writer sometimes feels like a paradox. Yes, we should be unswerving in our missions to put passion down on paper, unearthing our deepest secrets and most beautiful bits of humanity.
But then, later, each of us must step back from those raw pieces of ourselves and critically assess, revise, and—brace yourself—sell them to the hungry and unsympathetic public.
This latter process is not only excruciating for most of us hell, if we were good at sales we would be making good money working in salesbut it can poison that earlier, unselfconscious creative act of composition.
Submitting to journals, residencies, fellowships, or agents amps up that noise. How could it not? When King was in high school, he sent out horror and sci-fi fantasy stories to pulpy genre magazines. Another story bites the dust! I started submitting essays to literary magazines the summer after my first year of graduate school.
My mentor, a gentle and encouraging nonfiction writer, presented it simply. Maybe not the New Yorker, but the next tier of journals.
You have nothing to lose. My heart would jump when I saw my own handwriting on the SASE, and then sink when I tore open the envelope only to find a form rejection slip.
Ink drops on form rejection slips were splashes of hope. My rejections became tiny second-hand ticks on the slow-moving clock of my writing career, counting down to an acceptance, another revision, a long rest for the piece in the bottom of a drawer—or possibly, a return to the clay pit of my subconscious.
I saved all of my rejection slips in a box, and kept an extremely kind and personalized handwritten note from the Nonfiction Editor at the Indiana Review on my window frame as a talisman of encouragement. While procrastinating on writing my MFA thesis, I found an ancient wooden desk on the street, pulled it into my apartment, and started shellacking it with hard-earned rejection slips.
It became my writing desk. As submissions became digitized, I became familiar with journal slush piles from the other side, as a prose reader and eventually Nonfiction Editor of Redivider. Now I read prose for Black Lawrence Press. While sometimes I feel like each crop of manuscripts is my post-graduate education in how not to start a novel, short story, or essay collection, the thrill of reading something great—or even gripping—is so intoxicating.
Now, I see rejection as a conversation: Instead of tucking my story or essay apologetically into a bottle and desperately casting it out to sea, I launch determined air raids of submission grenades, five or ten at a time.
I wait for the rejections, line up my next tier of journals, and submit again. Additionally, to my delight, I received six encouraging rejections from really great journals, inviting me to send them something else. We laughed about how encouraging rejections are almost better for the soul than acceptances.
My boyfriend is a wonderful poet, gives an incredible poetry reading, and is solidly unpublished. Perhaps it is not an accident that he also practices Buddhism, which focuses creative attention on perception and experience, and finds wisdom in letting go of external outcomes.
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