Don`t fear rejection

Rejection…a word all human beings hate. A feeling of fear strikes the heart of all who face the dreaded prospect of rejection. I know writers, local friends of mine, who are actually very talented people. I have read their works and they are really good. They are very descriptive, funny, heartfelt, quick, and full of emotion…and yet, they remain unread. Why do their works remain unread? It is because of the fear of rejection.

I remember when I first exposed myself as a writer to the general public online. I was excited, hopeful, and amazed at the power of the internet and its ability to promote.  I thought of all the writers of the past who had to use traditional avenues of promotion and how hard it must have been to get read in those days. I thought to myself, “this will be a snap, they will love me, and I will be famous.”  I know you all are laughing and it is funny but let me tell you—it was painful. 

I had thrown myself to the proverbial pack of hyenas and they were truly vicious. I was called every name in the book; my writing was criticized from every angle and I was laughed off the pages of the internet daily, and yet, I kept writing.  Instead of internalizing these criticisms on a personal level I decided to listen to them and work to correct my faults.

I read books from other writers, famous authors, and I even bought every grammar rule book I could find. I also knew that most authors have an editor who cleaned up their work and that I was the only editor I had. I still make grammatical errors daily and I don`t care—I still write–and in doing so I get better all the time.
Finally, I decided to welcome rejection and criticism as a means to become the best writer I can be.  I recently submitted some poetry to “The New Yorker” and was rejected in lightning speed *laughing* and again I learned a lesson—read the submission guidelines a little closer.

The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, strength, and hope with all who love the written word.  I hope to create a place where writers, readers, and lovers of the written word can share stories, laughs, failures, and victories.  I want to encourage those of you who may be sitting on a gold mine, a story of epic proportions, and the next block buster movie in waiting, to get out of your head and write it.  Don`t let contempt prior to investigation stop your dreams. Don`t let the fear of rejection stop your creative mind. WP

S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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