“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” ― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You
The first rejection I had was when I was 12 years old. It was at a journalism workshop taught by a prominent local reporter.
Our assignment was to write an editorial about any topic we wanted. At that time, I was obsessed with medical stories and thought a piece about viruses would be a great idea. After about two hours, we each presented our drafts. He announced that he would grade us on the spot.
It took him about 15 seconds to scan my text before he shook his head and heaved a sad sigh.
“You’ll never be a writer.”
Harsh words for a 12-year-old, don’t you think?