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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week Twenty: Rhonda Eudaly

This piece is not a devotional based on Scripture, but motivating. ..

Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off

“The greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” ---Confucius

How great is this quote? Especially for writers. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the writer is the underdog, always fighting an up hill battle for publication. We pour our heart and souls into our writing, and then we may send it out to be critiqued or workshopped. Only to be followed by sweating over the revision process. That’s just to get to the submission stage of writing.

The writing process is undoubtedly the blood and the sweat, but the road to submission is where the tears lie. It takes more persistence, perseverance, and dogged determination than any other part of the writing process. It’s in this stage where writers are knocked down more times than a punch drunk boxer. And this is where we keep rising. Each and every time.

In college, I once heard a statistic that said to be a professional writer, the writer had to either sell something or receive 200 rejections. That’s a lot of getting back up. But the pay off is worth it.

Rejection is never easy to take but is an inevitable part of a writer’s life. All of us have a huge collection of rejection letters,
including the big name authors always on the Best Sellers Lists.
And actually, a writer can use their rejections to plot their career path. Seriously. From the basic photocopied form letter to the actual personal rejection from the editor.

The personal rejections show the greatest growth and the next rung up the writing ladder. However, these falls can hurt
more and be more difficult to rise from. The level of
encouragement or discouragement in these particular rejections depends on numerous factors.

The ones which point out specific problems in the manuscripts can be both helpful and hurtful depending on the editor’s day.
Sometimes one having a particularly bad day will take out his or her frustrations on a poor, unsuspecting manuscript. Others make
the manuscript better. The trick is to keep an objective perspective.

Oh, yeah, right. How does that happen in a completely subjective industry? Well, allow time to be completely childish
about the rejection. Stick out your tongue, call the editor (in the
privacy of your own home and head, of course) names, then put the letter aside for awhile. Then, after emotion’s pass, take a look at it again. See if the rejection provides any specific, useful information. Then it’s try, try again.

One may also get contradictory rejections; i.e., some may love it, others hate it. Or it may go to a dozen or more markets before finding its place. But the writer never knows who may buy it if it never goes out. So, take a note from Confucius and keep getting up. The result could be the glory of a sale.

Rhonda Eudaly is the author of over a dozen short stories and articles. She lives in Arlington, TX with her husband. More details of her work can be found at

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