Some thoughts on rejection with a side of Tim Burton
My laptop got, well, sick last week. It hasn't totally crashed but not everything quite works anymore. So, my adorable husband headed off to Best Buy and came home with a shiny new computer for yours truly. Hi there, pretty new flat screen monitor. Nice to meet you, too!
I took the opportunity to clean my office. A very scary task. "Before" and "after" for your viewing pleasure:
I did a huge purge of DRAFTS (my writing career is so bad for trees though, honestly, I try to work online as much as I can). Here is a big bag of paper bound for the recycling bin.
In there, along with some revisions of Audition, are drafts of manuscripts that will never see the light of day because they would and should be rejected. Strangely (except for the environmental issue), the sight of all that paper does not make me despair. I wrote, and still write, to learn. And it's okay to put words on the page that will never be bound between covers. For me, those words have to come first and I am grateful for them. The dust I could live without!
Where does Tim Burton figure into this? Did you know he once had a picture book manuscript rejected by Disney? I know you're curious!