"One day you're in, and the next day you're out." -Project Runway
"This is the end of the road for you." -American Idol
"Sorry, but you're going home." -So You Think You Can Dance
What do these have in common with writing? We, as writers, go through this same thing every day.
It is called REJECTION.
I have noticed a common link between the people on the reality shows that get these rejections...
"Sorry. It was just too safe. You need to take a risk."
"Too safe, Dog. You need to step up and make it your own."
"You danced too safe. It was boring. I almost fell asleep."
Every time I see someone rejected on these shows, I know how they feel. I am brought to tears sometimes watching American Idol! But the judges are right. That's the real killer. If you don't stand out--if you play it safe--you won't make it. You have to be brave when you write. Take chances. Try new things. Play it dangerous!
Do you guys cry when you see other people get rejected? And what are you doing to make your work stand out?
Are you voracious enough to make it? Check out the Querytracker blog to find out!