Thursday, July 8, 2010

Famous Rejection #4: Stephen King Faced The Horror Of Rejection

Stephen King, one of the most well-known and prolific horror writers of our time, has sold over 350 million copies of his novels and short stories. Among his most famous novels are: Carrie, The Shining, and The Green Mile.

Yet, even the King of Horror had to face the horror of getting rejected.

In Stephen King's book, On Writing, he details his struggling early career as a writer, trying to make money for his family. (It’s also a fascinating book for all writers to get an inside look on his writing process.)

In the book he explains that whenever he got a rejection, he would stick on a nail. He started submitting stories to magazines at the age of 16, but didn’t get published until he was 20:
By the time I was fourteen … 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.
Then King sold Carrie, and well, we all know the rest!

1 comment:

  1. Well, "Carrie" was rejected so many times that he threw it in the trash at one point. But success did come.