Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

August 13, 2013

Some Famous Writers on Literary Rejection

Filed under: Frank Remarks,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 4:24 PM

I’ve given examples of famous rejection letters. Now let’s see how famous authors handled rejection. So here are some famous writers on being rejected. Some inspiration for us all.

“Rejections slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.” – Isaac Asimov

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” – Ray Bradbury

“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.” – James Lee Burke

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”  – Neil Gaiman

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’“ – Saul Bellow

“To ward off a feeling of failure, she joked that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejection slips, which she chose not to see as messages to stop, but rather as tickets to the game.” – Anita Shreve

I think anyone who tried and failed could find something in these once struggling writers.

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