Using rejections constructively

I had one of those days where two rejections arrived at once. I do try to view every rejection as constructive criticism, even when I think the person might be cracked. If nothing else, this is a reader response and I try to ferret out any clues about what isn’t working. I don’t go crazy with it, but it does help. Still two at the same time is never pleasant.

So, in order to find ways to use these two constructively, I just papier-mached them into Coraline’s head. I feel much, much better now.

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12 Responses

  1. bluesaffron

    I was wondering how Coraline was coming along with you being involved with other projects and life in general.

    That was a wise move, to use those pesky letters for good…helps to give Coraline some independence and spunk.

    What sort of glue do you use for paper mache? I’m partial to homemade wheat paste myself.

  2. Chang


    My two rejections so far have gotten framed and hung in the closet. I hope to have a wonderful gallery of them some day. Two is a good start.

  3. Mary Robinette Kowal

    bluesaffron: I usually use a wheat-based wallpaper paste, but haven’t been able to find it here, so I’m using an vastly inferior vinyl based one.

    -d-: We all carry rejection around inside ourselves, so this will just make her more real.

    Besides, I’ll admit that it amuses me that I’ll be sending Gaiman and McKean their first rejections in years.