You want to know what one of the hardest things in writing is? And one of the hardest things in life? Rejection.
This is hard for me to write, but here’s what happened. I had written a novel that I was extremely excited about. I loved the story, the characters, the writing . . . everything. I was really proud of this one and couldn’t wait to submit it to my publisher. I was sure the editor would come back just astounded at how great the book was and certain it would have all kinds of ridiculous success.
You see what’s coming, don’t you?
I did submit it and a few weeks later, this week in fact, got the news that they were not as excited about it as I was and they were going to pass on it.
Ouch. Ouch. And ouch again.
You’d think after ten years of enduring rejections I’d get used to it. I haven’t. I was disappointed almost to the point of just throwing in the towel. Swallowing hot coals would have been more bearable than receiving that rejection. Okay, that’s a little dramatic but you get my point. As a writer, I had stumbled and landed on my backside . . . and it hurt.
But then the editor sent me the reasons why they rejected it. Ouch again. Not because they were devastating but because as much as I hated to admit it, as much as that piece of humble pie was going to hurt going down, they were right.
So what to do when faced with that kind of rejection? The only thing to do, pick myself up, dust myself off, sit my tail end down in a chair and keep writing. And pray and rely on God and give it to Him. Another lesson learned the hard way.
The editor did say they wanted to keep working with me and she wanted to see what ideas I had for other books. That’s something.
This morning I was reading from Psalm 37 and my eyes kept going back to these verses (23-24): If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
I like that. A lot.
Questions to self: Are my ways delighting the Lord? Is my writing glorifying Him? Is my attitude about my writing healthy and God-honoring?