Badge of Honor

I received another “Badge of Honor” yesterday.  For those of you that are not putting yourself through this self-torture and don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to a Rejection Letter.

I’ve been submitting my poems to various Literary Journals and I’ve had a few pieces accepted. It’s nothing to write home about yet, but I keep submitting and keep writing.

In Stephen King’s book On Writing, he talked about saving his rejection letters when he was a kid just starting out. Back then everything was done by snail mail.  He would take that rejection letter and put it on a nail that was sticking out of the wall in his room.  He said that when the nail wasn’t enough to hold them all, he got a spike.

I’ve been printing out my rejection letters and collecting them in a notebook.  I also have started printing the acceptance pieces, although, there are much fewer of those to deal with. For now, the little pocket in the back of the notebook is enough space to hold the accepted pieces.  🙂

I was told that the rejection letters are “badges of honor”.  That it takes guts and work to send your stuff out into the world.  I was told I should be proud of those rejection letters.

I am proud.

I was in my 50’s when I discovered that I had a passion for writing.  I’m no Hemingway, but I think that my writing has improved considerably over time and every day seems to bring something new that I’ve learned.  I love this!!  I’ve always had a thirst for learning and improving myself.  This, coupled with my love of writing has been a real joy and a blessing in my life.

I spent a little time today and submitted some of my poetry online to a couple of journals.  So I keep writing and I keep submitting.  We’ll see how many “badges of honor” I get from this round of submissions.  Who knows, maybe I will need a bigger notebook! 🙂

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

*Day 8 of my 30 day post-a-day.  🙂

 

About Penny Wilson Writes

I am a freelance writer that writes in several genres. I've had a successful blog with a growing and loyal following for more than 5 years. I've written articles for Counseling Directory .org, Introvert Dear .com, and WOW Women on Writing. My poetry has been published on Ariel Chart, a monthly online Journal and Spill Words Press. I'm currently working on my first novel. You can find more of my writings on my blog at: https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow me on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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25 Responses to Badge of Honor

  1. Very much deserved. Well done Penny.

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  2. I just received a badge of honor the other day. Disappointing? Yes. But when I reread the work I submitted, I thought, “I could have done better.” Keep submitting.

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  3. Michael says:

    I think you are very brave Penny. Just think your perseverance will pay off, after all JK Rowling was rejected numerous times over Harry Potter. I bet those publishers regret that decision.Good luck to you.

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  4. Thanks for writing such an encouraging post.We all need those badges of honor to keep us moving forward..as they say,” scars in your life are not marks but the essence of your victory”.

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  5. Wow! What an inspirational thing to say Penny. I am happy with your outcome so far and yes you gave me an idea of printing my mails too!

    Thanks a bunch.
    Love and light.

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  6. you have more fortitude than me

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  7. Michael says:

    You never fail if you never try just keep going and going for sure

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  8. Congrats, Penny. I find sending out work such a chore! Sites like Submittable make it easier now, but it’s still my least favorite part of the whole process! Wonderful to get the occasional (in my case too occasional) acceptance. Keep plugging away–and I’m certain you’ll need a bigger notebook!

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  9. Megha Bhargava says:

    Oh wow! This was inspirational. Taking rejection and failure with a smile and a zeal to work further- takes courage and determination.

    Thank you for a piece I can print and pin on my table to look up to when I’m feeling low.

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  10. colinandray says:

    I think it is important to acknowledge why you are writing; to accept that poetry is a niche market area; that reviews for publication are subjective; that publishing involves a financial factor, and that taking a risk with an unknown author involves foresight and imagination. Putting all that together is the reason why self-publishing is a very viable option with today’s technology.
    From my perspective, writing is only rewarding when it is appreciated by others. While there can be value in writing for ones personal pleasure, I see that as little more more than literary masturbation in that the pleasure is shallow and short lasting.
    If you have sufficient poetry to fill a book, I would suggest that you give serious consideration to either total self-publishing, or (my preference) work with a publishing company where you are carrying the financial risk.
    While it would, of course, be wonderful for a publisher to finance your book and take care of all the promotional aspects, there is an inherent risk that your work will never be available for public reading, and that would be a shame. Just thinking! 🙂

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