I recently read something Sir Michael Caine wrote about being a struggling actor: “If you live an ordinary life, just think of the trauma of being sacked and applying for another job, and of having to go through that process maybe seven or eight hundred times in your life.”
It occurred to me that this is very much like the life of a writer.
But as any published writer will tell you, you have to get rejected a good number of times before finally seeing something in print. And then you have to start all over again.
Today, I have two exercises for you:
Write about the worst rejection you’ve ever received. (This can be anything from rejection slip from a literary magazine to a poor critique in a writing group to a bad review of your book.)
Write about the piece of writing you’re most proud of. (And this should have nothing to do with how many times it’s been rejected or how much praise it may have gotten — this is about what you think of it.)