From Writer to Writer: Ken Armstrong of Writing Stuff

Ken ArmstrongMeet Ken Armstrong

I write plays mostly. Theatre plays, radio plays and some film stuff too. Also stories. And there’s this one novel that…oh, never mind.

Ken’s Advice for Handling Rejection

Firstly – hurt. You’re allowed to hurt so don’t fight it, it’s only natural. It’s a rejection, it’s not supposed to make you waltz around the kitchen.

Now, collect yourself. You haven’t read the thing in a while because it’s been out getting rejected. Read it now, cold. Is it as good as you thought it was when you sent it out? No, of course it isn’t. Fix that.

Did you get some reasons for the rejection? 90% of the reasons will be pure bullshit, obviously, but find the 10% of truth and work on that too.

Shine the thing up and, if you still think it’s any good, send it out again to some other poor sod.

Then, most importantly, while it’s out getting rejected again, write the next big thing so you’re not preternaturally focused on this one thing that keeps getting rejected.

The next thing you write will be much better than the ‘reject’. You have my word on that.

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0 thoughts on “From Writer to Writer: Ken Armstrong of Writing Stuff

  1. Lisa Nicholson says:

    I love that while we send the piece out to be rejected again, we work on a better piece of writing.  This is well said and seems to come straight from the heart!  I still need to work up the guts to send something out to be rejected. 

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