Feb 26, 2008, 3:15 PM
Post #592 of 1632
Okay. Listen up people.
Re: [idreamincursive] what to do with rejection
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I got rejected from Iowa THREE times (number four could be coming up soon). And I am only 25.
All three times it was the only school I applied to.
But, here is what I did every time. Sobbed like a baby. Moped. Drank some wine. And the next week, I took a shower, wrote down some goals and got at it again. I made a list of books comprised of recommendations from writers I know, classic stand bys, and old favorites I hadn't read yet. I read each one, taking it apart, letter by letter, and tried to channel what I liked about the books in my own writing. Someone recommended I actually type out chapters, to help me really parse out good writing. I basically, taught myself.
After the last round of rejection I bounced back and completed a novel, and four short stories and several essays. Most of the essays have been published. I still decided that I wanted the MFA so I applied again, but because I decided I am tired of rejection getting in the way of my goals, in addition to Iowa, I applied to several other places. I am already in at two and waiting to hear from the rest. I wish I could tell you that I now have a book published and I am an award winning author. I'm not. But the other night, as I sat working on a second draft of my novel, it occured to me that I was acutally going to make this work. It is going to happen.
So, if I get rejected again from Iowa, I will sob again. But I have other options and this writing thing is going to work out. If not, I guess I can always be a reality show contestant...
But seriously, don't mope before you have to. Don't assume rejection before you have to and don't stop writing.