I was so inspired to listen to the story of novelist Matthew Quick on WZID radio while driving to work this morning.
I’m attaching a link below with his bio. Particularly inspiring to me was listening him talk about how he was rejected 71 times by literary agents before the 72nd one accepted him ! He had spent three years isolated in his basement and was pretty much down to his last dollar when he finished writing Silver Lining Playbook. It is currently nominated for 8 Oscars.
As an artist I find rejection particulary hard. It helps me to listen to and read about what others go through in order to get their story ‘heard’ or their painting ‘seen’. I suffered lots of rejections from Juried shows for several years… but I’m glad I didn’t quit submitting work. Last year I was accepted into four juried shows ! Of course it’s a wonderful feeling, but just recently (last month) I was again rejected by a larger juried show and again felt the waves of “you’re not good enough”.
I realize it’s going to be a fickle journey and I am determined never to quit. I am so passionately head of heels in love with the creative process of art and the rewards I feel each time I produce a new piece are amazing. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be rejected 71 times ! I have a new perspective today !! J Thank you so much Matthew Quick and many congratulations ! J
“Sometimes when you attempt to put your best self into the world, the right people show up”
Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook.