Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Rejection Factor

Every writer experiences the inevitable rejection and this week it's my turn. The famous for fifteen plays I wrote up have not been selected for the final six plays. I have to admit to being disappointed but at the same time not discouraged.

In previous years when I didn't do as much writing it would have been far more devastating to receive a rejection. I guess that was because all my eggs were in one basket. Only writing on rare occasions meant I wasn't really developing my ability to write well. On this occasion I wrote those plays back in late June/early July and I haven't just stopped on that one project and waited for the results. Instead I have continued and done a variety of projects. So finding out my first attempt at playwright was not selected has been disappointing but not to the point it will stop me writing or start doubting what I am up to.

Instead I now have some material that I may be able to use in the future for other projects. It may also help me determine what area of writing I am best suited to. I am really looking forward to the results of the Writing Buddies Anthology on Friday September 10th. I entered 3 different categories: Non-fiction filler, flash fiction and drama. I have no idea if any of them will be selected but I can live in hope. It will be useful to see how they do as I have done such a mix of writing over the past few months it will at least demonstrate where my strengths and weaknesses lie.


  1. Sorry to hear your plays didn't go through - I've had similar experiences myself and find chocolate & trashy TV is a good cure for rejection blues! It does get easier, though, doesn't it? Keep going, Katy - you never know what's round the corner :)

  2. Thank you Clair! Always disappointing when your work isn't picked. Chocolate and trashy TV sounds like a good cure although on slimming world at the moment so may have to avoid a king size bar!

    It must get easier ;)