Feeling rejected? Or, the time Stephen King almost got spooked

Posted Fri, 2/19/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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Stephen King’s rise from obscurity has grown to near-mythical stature in the writing world.

Here was a man, living in a doublewide with a toddler and a newborn, who kept up the fight. Who opened his rejection slips, found them wanting, and executed them by driving a nail through their hearts.

Soon, as King writes in his memoir On Writing, “The nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.”

One of the more than thirty murdered read: “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”

That was about Carrie, a book that when finally published sold more than a million paperback copies in its first year and resulted in not one but two Hollywood adaptations (say what you will about the 2013 version but that stage scene in 1976? Classic).

No word on if King kept his stake but we encourage you to buy one of your own. Use it when you’re feeling run down by rejection. Take the offending note and pin it, repeating this light-hearted advice from the King of Horror: “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”


Get happy and try this contest for The Masters Review. Every year the publication selects ten stories from talented authors whom the Review believes are just getting started. This year’s guest judge is short-story author and journalist Amy Hempel. Submit your entry for Volume V by March 31.


Source: The Telegraph