As aspiring authors – and even some of you who are published authors- we are well acquainted with feelings of failure…or the polite ‘Thank you, but no thank you” notes from editors or agents.
Sometimes, the letters keep piling up, to the point where you feel discouraged. Believe me, it’s been one of those months for me. LOTS of “No thank yous”. My rejections are on the rise, almost to the impressive point. Not impressive yet, though J
Well, Meet the Robinsons has a good message for us. In brief summary, it’s a movie about a brilliant orphan who sees himself as a failure, until a trip to the future helps teach him about the gift of family and stick-to-itness.
The overarching theme? Keep Moving Forward.
During one scene, the orphan, Lewis, is shown all the different attempts one inventor took to make an invention work. All the failures before the masterpiece. The numbers escalate.
A working product.
A published book?
Ever feel like you’re closer to the 952 than the 27? Post Rejection Disorder?
I’ve been fighting that gloomy fog all week and finally began to realize a few things today.
- It’s part of this gig I call writing
- I learn from those critiques and failures.
- At least I tried. You cannot fail without trying – and that takes courage
- I can’t stop writing. So…I need to learn from my critiques
- God’s called me. He’ll Equip me.
- I haven’t made it to 952 yet. I MUST have more work to do 😉
You know what? If you leave those ‘nasty’ critiques alone for about a week or two, THEN go back and read them, they’re usually not as bad as you first imagined. My eyes are immediately attracted to all the BAD, but in hindsight, there was a lot of good sprinkled in through the other comments. Things I need to learn.
And those rejection slips? One more proof that you’re TRYING!
Like Lewis learns in Meet the Robinsons – those failures teach us something. They teach us perseverance – a REQUIREMENT for a writer…and a Christian.
We shouldn’t give up. Giving up leads us to despair, but perseverance pushes us toward hope.
Romans 3:2-4 states:
“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
So, with perseverance and determination in mind – here are a few quotes by two famous men who knew the meaning of perseverance:
Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”
“I haven’t failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense
“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. (Okay, I just like this one)
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.