Today’s Truth is that though they look very similar, you cannot tell which binder holds a work in progress (or a completed manuscript that is agented and on its way to a book deal!) or a collection of rejection.
The binder filled with pages of writing that has not yet been rejected (and maybe it never will be) looks the same as the binder filled with pages of writing that has been rejected.
To your eyes, these binders exist on an even playing field (my dining room table).
To your eyes, these binders are free of what their contents make me feel, and how they affect my writing life.
So which one is which?
I’ll tell you what. I’m offering you a book. A really amazing book about the writing life called Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. You tell me which binder holds which – the novel or the rejections.
Let this be a lesson in binders, if you will.
I’ve been wanting to put my novel into a binder for some time now. I’m a visual person. I like to see it all together. Smell the ink on the pages. Organize by chapter. Prepare for editing (GAH).
I’ve also been wanting to put my rejection letters into a binder as well. Pretty much for the same reasons. To see them all together. To smell them.
I’m so very glad I did. And I’m even more glad (gladder?) I saw them side by side on my dining room table. For a brief second, I couldn’t tell which one was which. And it made my heart feel much, much better. Especially since I received another grant rejection letter. Like the others, I really wanted this one. I was visualizing my name on the recipient list, right beneath my writer friend’s name. I was visualizing the bank statement showing the grant amount in my ‘grant’ account. I was manifesting like mad…and, well, it didn’t work. I think it’s because there are other things I need to do before the universe, the gods and goddesses of words, bestow any manifestations of grants into my life.
I need to finish my novel. I can feel it in my bones.
So that’s what I’m doing.
And looking at these binders will help me with perspective.
I will not be deterred by letters of rejection.
For fun – and for a FREE, AMAZING BOOK – send me your comments on which binder is holding which collection.
What have binders taught you?