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mDateYour nameRejected for/byQuotations from reviewers, or other notes or commentsThe Bright Side (Optional)Your email for party invitation list. (If your email is already listed in the current group of 100 rejections, just put 'already listed')
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Simonton's Equal-Odds Rule states that "The relationship between the number of hits and the total number of works
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produced in a given time period is positive, linear, stochastic, and stable" (Simonton, 1997, p. 73)
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In other words, everything you produce has an equal chance of being great.
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The only way to increase your chances of producing something great is to produce more things, period.
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That means you gotta submit stuff. And most submissions are rejected. So you must learn to take rejections in stride.
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To help you do this, we have formed a shared Rejection Collection.
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Please join us! List your rejections here. Paper submissions, grant proposals, job applications, all are welcome!
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Every time we get to 100, we have a party, and everyone who has contributed a rejection is invited.
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Click here to read an inspiring article about collecting rejections.
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"The best teacher, failure is." -Yoda (Star Wars VIII, The Last Jedi)
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"Best ask yourself the question: What kind of writer are you? The kind who survives? Or the kind who gets asphyxiated by the tentacles of woe?” – Chuck Wendig
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“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” – Tom Krause
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"Not all of the products that emerge from illustrious creators contribute credit to their names. Ludwig van Beethoven produced many compositions that only embarrass his admirers, just as
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William Shakespeare could write 'problem plays' that are rarely performed today. Even Edison invented useless contraptions: The developmental costs for one failed device alone equaled all
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the profits he had earned from the electric light bulb!" -Simonton, 1997, p.66
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“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill
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“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” - Henry Ford
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“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” -Eloise Ristad
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"As a writer, the worst thing you can do is work in an environment of fear of rejection." -Carol Leifer
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