I’ve heard people say that art is pain. And it’s true, to an extent. To be an artist is to open yourself up to rejection, ridicule, and unwanted remarks. Everyone has something to say and oftentimes they focus on the negative. That hurts.
And don’t even get me started on the publishing process. From querying agents to finally getting in with a publisher, the road is fraught with “no” after painful “no.” Many times rejection isn’t a reflection on you as a writer so much as a product of the circumstances—but it doesn’t feel that way. Every “no” is like a tackle, knocking you off your feet.
When you’re on the ground with the wind knocked out of you, bones and muscles aching, you have two choices: get up and make another play, or stay down. So what do you do? Well, you probably make the same choice every other writer makes. You stay in the game, not because you’re a glutton for punishment or because you heal instantly, but because you love it. You love it so much, you’re willing to be tackled again and again just for the sake of the game. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have a choice; sitting on the sidelines would be more painful than anything a publisher could throw at you. That’s just how writers work.
So keep playing. Keep writing. Take the tackles: the rejection, the ridicule, the unwanted remarks. Continue to put yourself out there, no matter what the cost, and one day you’ll make it past that goal line.
Today’s Prompt: Write a story about an unlucky football player and how his luck finally changes.