Blog date- October 14, 2008
Know thyself is an old but extremely accurate proverb. As a writer it’s critical to know the length and breadth of your talent and skill. Because the world is going to knock them every chance they get.
I learned, the hard way, to have a realistic evaluation of my own talent. It doesn’t mean I think I’m headed for the New York Times book review any time soon but I know my own worth. So when a horror ezine, remaining nameless of course, rejected me for a staff position, I shrugged it off.
I was amazed at the ease with which I did it. I have my opinions as to why they didn’t want me but the bottom line is, I didn’t take it as a reflection of my talent or lack thereof. I know how well I can write, even if I am still building my credentials and honing my writing skills. I know where I am at on the ladder of ability and that lent me the peace of mind to not let the rejection knock me down a rung. I had written to this ezine on a whim asking if I could have a chance to write for them. They weren’t advertising for writers but I figured it was worth a shot. That was another lesson to be learned, you’ll never know if you don’t try.
What it also gave me was a certain degree of bravado. It made me reaffirm to myself that I can write and write well. So in a way their rejection helped me to feel more confident. Crazy I know but that’s exactly what it did.
The kicker is, two months later another horror ezine decided they liked my writing enough to have me write for them. How did I get the gig?
I wrote and asked them.
Nothing like a lil rejection to whet one’s appetite for success.