Writers (and others like us) choose Rejection.
No seriously, we do.
I’ve recently been reading about Soul Contracts and Soul Lessons. That got me thinking about what soul lesson I’m learning by being a writer. The obvious answer is: coping with rejection. A further lesson (advanced class or additional task if you will) would probably be how to turn that rejection into a positive in your life.
Rejection is the one aspect that all writers, regardless of ability and recognition, have always faced. Writing is a freely chosen path. I’ve yet to read of or meet a writer who was forced into choosing the profession; engineers, doctors and lawyers – yes; writers – no. Actors/actresses and salespeople share this trait with us.
Writing is guaranteed to generate various, and often heart-rendering, degrees of rejection. So why do we choose it? And, more to the point, why would we choose it in ever growing numbers? Over the past decade alone, the numbers of people choosing writing as a career (and therefore the soul lessons that accompany it) have grown exponentially. Compared to a century ago, the number of people in sales and acting have also increased dramatically. So has the world. These roles need to be filled, but why so many aspiring to this high level of rejection, especially?
Could the experiences of rejection in writing (or acting and other emotionally invested work) be taking the load off other areas of our lives? Or do you just begin to value all acceptance in your daily life more?
But the burning question for me would be: how to move into the additional task of turning rejection into a positive in life? Any ideas?
In the meantime, you can get a humorous taste of writers’ rejections from the Stone Slide Corrective here.