I recently answered some questions about my writing and latest story on the Astounding Analog Companion blog.
My new writing motto is: Everything is better with aliens.
This week I ran across a blog post where the author suggested one could set up a skill ranking system for handling rejection, where you get experience points for handling rejection well, and lose them for … well, not. I don’t categorize my rejections as finely as the author of the post does, but my math shows me at roughly level 8 or “wood” level resistance.
I have long thought of trying to come up with a “rejection poker” system where you use the rejections (and acceptances) you got in the month to make a hand. The suits would be:
- Rewrite Request
- Personal Rejection
- Form Rejection
The numbers would be the day of the month. I have been surprised by the number of times I have gotten multiple rejection letters on the same day. It’s as if editors, like writers, meet in cafes to do all their reading and rejecting together while enjoying some nice tea and company.
If you get more than five responses, you get to pick the ones you use for your hand.
The standard rules of poker would apply (although statistics may show a re-ranking of hands would better reflect their probabilities). Maybe the 31rst would be wild.
So far this month, my hand would be:
- 5 FR
- 8 FR
- 10 FR
On my way to a flush!
In either system, the only way to level up is to submit more!
How do you handle rejection?
The feeling when your writing accomplishment for the day is deleting yesterday’s writing accomplishment. I need to cut 1180 words from this story to reach short story length. So far I’ve cut 630.
I am over the moon: I sold a story to Analog! My first SFWA-qualifying story! I am so excited! Perseverance pays off. Keep writing, my writing friends!
I’ve been working on editing short stories.
HOURS SPENT WRITING: 17.8
HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 17.8
WORDS WRITTEN: 2553
A friend hosted two write-ins, which were hugely useful in terms of getting words written.
HOURS SPENT WRITING: 6.3
HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 6.3
WORDS WRITTEN: 1494