Why Write When You Keep Getting Rejections?
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” Psalm 144:1(NIV)
The best rejection I ever received was from an editor who said my novel was eloquently written and bright with vivid dialogue. She boasted of how it piqued the reader’s interest from the first page and held it raptly until the last. She said I had created beautifully strong, believable characters, and I was talented. She raved that my novel was clearly much more than a book. She said it was truly inspiring and thought-provoking. I was beaming until I read on and came to the clincher, which said after careful consideration they decided not to publish it since it didn’t fit in with their list of titles.
Why do I continue to write despite rejection after rejection?
After having been published numerous times in local newspapers and anthologies, winning first prize in fiction-writing competition, and having my short story published in a literary magazine, I decided it was time to start submitting my work seriously. With one submission came the rejection letter above, bringing me to the question of why I write. I feel my writing ability is God-given for the purpose of enabling me to reach out and help others. I feel God wants me to keep trying. It was through my writing I learned I had made a difference in one life, the life of my little sister. She wrote me after reading one of my poems and said I had taught her to pray when we were kids. If not for a poem I had written, we could have gone our whole lives through, and I would never have known. I want others to experience the personal relationship I have with God and, hopefully, show them how they, too, can have that same productive relationship. If my writing makes a difference in saving one lost sheep, I will have served God by bringing another to His kingdom.As Jesus told stories, I believe writers should remember that it is His lost sheep who need saving, and it is up to us to use His method. The most important difference we, as writers, can make in the lives of others is the difference between eternal life and death.
Money and fame do not begin to compare with learning that you, personally, have made a difference in the life of another human being, no matter how small, like teaching my sister to pray as a child. Writing can bring you closer to others by letting you share your life, hopes, dreams, goals, and insights with others and be used as a tool for building bridges and relationships. It allows writers to reach out and touch, really communicate through the power of the written word. Writing brings you closer to others, opens up new worlds by allowing you to invent your own new worlds and share them with others, and by allowing you to grow as a person, with your writing, as you progress on a journey of self-discovery. Writing may just give someone else a whole new world, a better world, one with God. Then, you will have made a real difference.
Author, B. J. Robinson, is an award-winning, multi-published author with four traditionally published novels as well as independently published short stories, novellas and novels. She writes from Florida with a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, golden retriever named Honi, and a shelter cat named Frankie for company, blessed with a husband, children, and grandchildren. Jesus is her best friend. She's an avid reader and passionate writer. Visit her at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBJRobinson, http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel or http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com.