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Rejection Slips

My sisters and I have just about come to the end of sorting out our parents stuff - thank goodness - but I recently took home three boxes of my mothers 'creative writing' to check through. My sisters' were all for dumping it without looking, but I couldnt do that in case there was some interesting family thing tucked inside.

We never rated Mummy's stories - but goodness, didnt she try! I found out that she had started a correspondence writing course in 1952, and the writing and a second course in the 70's went on from there to the late 1980's - more than 30 years.

In a letter dated 1952 from The Premier School of Journalism in Fleet Street she was told 'You must not let a few rejection slips daunt you for they are almost inevitable during the early days of writing'. She obviously took this on board because she was still receiving (and keeping!) rejection slips in the 80's!

As well as all the hand typed stories, there was a book where she'd written the magazines she'd sent to and a book of ideas, plus clippings from newspapers for inspiration.

She'd cut out and stuck at the front of one book the quotation by Johnson ' A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly at it'

And gosh was she dogg-ed! All those years..... and so many rejection slips!

I know she had something published when she was first married around 1938 - a little children's story, and she obviously wanted to repeat the 'glory' but never did! Looking through the stuff it was all quite sad really - I'd have given up years before!

And did I find anything interesting in the boxes? - One little newspaper clip from when my niece was a runner-up in Miss Wine Bar 1980!!!!

Posted at 1st May 2010 - 08:18PM   Posted by Faith   Rejection Slips Comments: 6

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Mollygolver's Avatar I'm so glad you took time to read through you Mum's writings, Faith. Even though she only had one piece of work published - wasn't she, isn't she an inspiration to the rest of us wannabeesExclamation

Posted by: Mollygolver on 1st May 2010 at 08:37PM

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Tiggywinkle's Avatar Aw Faith. Bless her heart. I suppose we all try to follow our dreams. How she persevered, but I'm sure she got great enjoyment out of it over the years. It is very poignant going through our loved ones possessions, bringing up memories both joyful and sad, but it is all part of the grieving process I suppose.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 1st May 2010 at 11:32PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Well berludy good for her - I hope she enjoyed the writing and you are enjoying the reading even if she didn't get the recognition. She has earned our admiration for never giving up. A lesson there for many of us.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 2nd May 2010 at 01:46AM

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The life of a writer can be wall-to-wall rejection slips. (Bear speaks from some experience.) At least she had something published. Too bad there wasn't more that made it to print. Sad

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:47AM

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ChrisH's Avatar Ah, Faith - what a touching story! It's a lovely tribute to her character and tenacity that she just kept writing.

Posted by: ChrisH on 2nd May 2010 at 09:31AM

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CalicoKate's Avatar And how fascinating. Are you ging to keep them to pass on to the next generation? It is really rather inspiring.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 2nd May 2010 at 07:14PM

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