Sometimes I write poems and chicken out of sharing them online, but I’m pretty sure most of my writing comrades can relate to this one: Rejection Sucks. (Perhaps I’d better call it Rejection Sucks Part 1, as I have a LOT more to say on the subject that I couldn’t possibly squeeze into one poem…)
You’ve written a novel and it’s taken you forever
It’s like you just climbed Everest – a momentous endeavour
You’ve researched agents and you’re ready to press send
Now here comes the bit that’ll drive you round the bend
“I just don’t love it enough” is what you’ll often hear
“There isn’t a market for this” – a legitimate fear
“It’s not the right fit for us” – bang – head – wall
No response, just SILENCE – the most torturous of all
The rejections sting, your confidence is sapped
Was your novel really such an utter load of crap?
Should you scrap that idea, start on something new?
Is repeating this experience what you really want to do?
OF COURSE IT IS! Because you bloody love writing
The rejections feel harsh, but they make you keep fighting
With every manuscript, your skills will grow stronger
So buckle up for the ride – cos it could take a bit longer