One morning last week, I woke up to a rejection in my inbox. I’m as accustomed to these emails as any writer, but this was a particularly rough moment for me. I’d been riding high, because several agents have requested my full manuscript recently, and I was hoping that meant an offer would be coming soon. One rejection doesn’t take away that possibility, of course. But it’s always hard to ride the roller coaster back down.
Later that morning, I stood in front of my fifth grade band, watching former students perform and talk to my current group about how awesome the band program is in our district, and how many opportunities they’ll have as they get older. The younger kids were engaged and asking questions, and the older ones were speaking passionately about music and the education they’d received at my school and the district as a whole.
And I thought to myself, “I still have this.”
Writing is a long and difficult road. Rejections are going to pop into your inbox. So are bad reviews and bad news. It’s easy to give up, to see a string of rejections as proof that you’re not going to make it. Persistence can be lost, and self-doubt rush in, with a single opened email. [Read more…]