If you are hesitant about sending your work out there, Kim Liao says to think again in her essay Why you should aim for 100 rejections a year. A writer friend of hers illuminated the path when she gave her counsel to have rejection goals, for if you are rejected in various places, chances of acceptance also simultaneously increase like a mathematical rule.
She rightly says that rejections bruise your ego in just the right quantity. She quotes writers like Anne Lamott and Stephen King to make a point about the beauty of being rejected. When she becomes an editor herself she starts navigating through the slush pile and sees rejection as not just a slap in the face, but a kind of conversation between one reader and one writer.
It’s easy enough to get published these days. But the idea of rejection and acceptance can take a writer a long way in improving her craft, resolving ego issues and receiving more acknowledgement in the writing industry.
Does rejection frighten you?