This year I entered two screenwriting competitions with my second script. It was the first time I had entered anything, and I was hopeful, but not naive. When the first rejection letter came in, that my script had not advanced, it stung, and I was sad for a couple of days. At the end of the mourning, I was more determined. That’s when I really started taking things more seriously. I was gonna show ’em all!
When I received the second rejection I was unfazed (well, not as sad as the first time). Rejection is a part of the process. Every successful writer I’ve read about has always mentioned the heap of rejection letters tucked away in some box, hidden away, never to see the light of day…and I was on my way to following in their footsteps. And I found that I was proud of myself for putting my work out there. That was a stressful click of the mouse. That first “SEND” had never looked so ominous, but I found it gets easier.
So for those of you in the same boat, here are a few inspirational rejection quotes:
A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success. – Bo Bennett
Rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are. – Greg Daugherty
We all start somewhere. Go get ’em! Wishing you all the best of luck!