It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Check out the link! Alex J.Cavanaugh's IWSG!
I've been posting to another author's social media site advice on handling rejection. You have to go through the hell of being on the receiving end of rejection to build up a tolerance.
It's like building a tolerance to alcohol. After awhile, it takes a lot to get you down. An actor doesn't get nervous before going on stage because he/she's onstage every night.
But not all rejection is equal...
Four years ago I applied to a few MFA programs in the Bay Area and was rejected. I took it really hard. Looking back it was probably for the best. I submitted a pretty mediocre autobiographical statement, and my writing sample was not great.
I just finished submitting my three applications for Fall 2015 and I've been reticent to tell anyone in case I get rejected. I, the one who instructs people to embrace critique and rejection, am insecure of being rejected.
Even though art is subjective, the judgement feels more weighted coming from the academic arena.
A beautiful writer I co-hosted at Books Inc., Nayomi Munaweera said, "As a writer in your mind you're either the best or the worst. We quickly rise to grandiosity and fall smack down to self loathing."
I'm on the downward swing as I bite my nails waiting for my letters to come in. Everything I write I hate. Any suggestions on how to snap out of it?
Cheers! You guys are great.