It would be interesting to see a psychological study done on writers. Yesterday, I got one of those letters. The ones that send the angel and demon on my shoulders into a conniption fit. Here’s a snipet of their conversation:
Me (staring at my rejection letter): Oh booger.
Demon (laughing): Another one? Get a clue! Do me a favor and grab all those worthless manuscripts in your closet, and turn them into a bonfire. Your writing stinks. You stink.
Angel (patting my back): Don’t listen. It’s okay, just part of the writing adventure. Add it to your, well, impressive stack, and keep going. Remember, you love this.
Demon: Are you kidding me? Get a life! Right now, you’re missing an excellent re-run of The Simpsons.
Me (banging head on my manuscript): I don’t want to watch the Simpsons.
Demon: Gah! You’re missing all the fun. You know you want to give up.
Angel (folding arms and glaring at Demon): Quitters Never Win and This IS fun.
Me (sighing and adding the letter to my impressive stack): This is so much fun.
Yup, and since yesterday, I’ve hit all five levels of the mourning process:
Denial (Hey, it’s a mistake.)
Anger (This stinks. The world stinks. My undone laundry stinks.)
Bargaining (If I just rewrite the beginning, middle and end, maybe they’ll reconsider.)
Depression (I’m never going to write again.)
Acceptance (All right, at least I have Nano. I’ll write a fun book just for the joy of it. And I really do love writing.)
Well, okay, I’m still wallowing a little.
You know what’d make me feel better? Fess up. What’s the real story on how you react (first day) to rejection? How long does it take you to bounce back? Any secret solutions (like chocolate or bubble baths)?