You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. ~ Ray Bradbury
Oh, the wisdom in the late, renowned writer Ray Bradbury’s words. As writers, we can easily get tripped up by rejection and caught up by acceptance. Rejection can limit our progress (if we let it). Acceptance can inflate our ego (unnecessarily). We should take them in stride, never allowing either to motivate or denigrate us.
In the creative world, or in life period, we cannot get around rejection. Many of us fear it. Some crippled by it even. For something with such a subjective (temporary) existence, why do we give it so much power? And for acceptance, why do we let it go to our heads?
We write because we’re moved to write. We write because there’s something that lives within us, something innate, that we must share. We write because there are stories that only we can tell. We write because our lives depend on it. Therefore, nothing—rejection, acceptance, or something otherwise—should prevent us from doing what we love to do.