Wednesday, 20 January 2021

REJECTION - 100 word story

I haven't been around lately because I'm knuckling down to work on my travel memoir. But I don't want to abandon my blog! Here's a little story about the life of a lowly writer.


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Rejection

 

 

‘What the hell is this?’ the Producer waved a sheet of paper in front of me.

‘It’s a piece for the local news slot.’

‘But it’s not cute or funny. It doesn’t even feature a dog! You know the rules.’

‘I thought it might be refreshing to report a genuine human interest story.’

He threw the script away. ‘Who wants to hear about the struggles of a wannabe novelist?’

‘People might find the reality interesting instead of the usual glossy hype. You know? The instant bestsellers and six-figure deals.’

‘Pah! Boring!’

I left his office, chalking up yet another rejection.

 

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32 comments:

  1. Yep, trying to tell non-writers how little reward there is, they never understand. See also working in television - it's not glamourous at all for 99% of those involved.

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  2. Dear Susan,

    Ah true to life story. I take comfort in a quote I found not too long ago on Facebook and (with permission) have requoted. "Wanting to be a writer and not wanting to be rejected is like being a boxer and not wanting to get punched."
    Good story, ma'am.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. That's a great quote, Rochelle! :)

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    2. I was just listening to that quote that Rochelle mentions on Walter Mosley's Masterclass, just today. Lots of punches to the face to be expected :)
      - Juatjoyfulness

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    3. Thankfully, I'm not at that stage with my book yet. (I have no allusions though.)

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  3. Great story to this picture and rejection is what many writers face. They also face perseverance

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  4. I think the producer probably has a point, most people are not interested in the struggles of a wannabe novelist.

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    1. I daresay you're right - but he could have been nicer about it.

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  5. My biggest roadblock, I admit. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I think we've all been there, haven't we?

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  6. It is a challenge, isn't it. Truth just doesn't sell :(

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  7. We've all been there. The trick is in getting up and getting there again. Nicely done.

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    1. As I've already commented, I'm not at this stage with my book, but I know about rejection of articles. You do indeed have to pick yourself up and brush yourself off.

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  8. Now if you shot the Producer on screen, then that would get their attention and maybe your book would sell.

    James McEwan

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  9. A rejection for a piece about rejection. I wonder if we could manage an infinite regression of rejections...? Nice story, Susan

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  10. Consider rejection to be but a step on the ladder to success. Better luck next time Susan!

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    1. Fortunately this story isn't about a real life experience. :)

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  11. I know how she feels! And glad to hear you're working on that travel book.

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  12. sadly, the networks is all about the ratings.

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  13. Human interest story? What's he thinking? We want to see that dog that barks "Happy Birthday"...

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  14. No body gives struggling writers a break...

    Good on you for being productive S!

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    1. Thank you. My book draft is going well and I don't want to lose my current momentum. (One of the benefits of lockdown!)

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