If you’re a writer or artist, rejection is something that comes creepin’ ‘round your door pretty often.
Or it should.
You see, rejection is always one of the necessary steps on the path to success.
Well, the other day I was doing a little “rejection” cyber searching and stumbled upon a game called “Rejection Therapy”. It was started by Jason Comely in 2009.
Apparently, the Rejection Therapy Game has only one rule. And the rule is that you must get rejected by another person at least once a day.
Note: not TRY to get rejected, but actually get rejected. And that’s rejected spelled with a NO — not a maybe, perhaps, or some other time.
I don’t know whether this game was created to help people make dates, get jobs, or proselytize, but Writers and Artists, we are totally going to pinch this concept!
I’m thinking that a great goal would be to have one of those success-making rejections coming in once a week.
The once-a-week rejection would be so good on so many levels —
- First off, you’d have to be doing a lot of writing and art to have enough submission material.
- Second, all that word and art-making would improve your craft.
- Third, you’d be getting it OUT THERE! Your work wouldn't be hugging the inside of a drawer. Because, face it folks, your manuscripts and portfolios should be hugging an agent or editor instead.
Are you game?
Welcome to Rejection World!
A groovy place where NO means, “YES! I so ROCKED that rejection!” (commence happy dance)
Because in Rejection World —
Can I write/illustrate for your magazine? NO
Will you be my agent? NO
Will you publish my book? NO
Means HOME RUN!!!
WaHOOOOooooooo! That’s three weeks of celebration right there!
PROMPT: Start your rejection collection. And don’t forget the happy dance part — six-pack abs, here we come! Can you say Bonus Feature?