#100Rejections Project

75-days in and still going strong

Tammy Breitweiser
Mar 18 · 2 min read
Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

On January 1, 2020 I started my #100rejections project. I challenged myself to send out one piece every day until I reach 100 rejections.

I am 75 days into the project and I have kept up with the submissions. I made my own rules. If a piece gets rejected, I send it out again. Sometimes I revise and sometimes I don’t. I do not send out simultaneous submissions.

A piece this week was rejected. There have been multiple rejections for this piece but I adore it. I dove back in and did a massive revision.

Challenges are a way I keep my focus and control the chaos of time.

Since it is the middle of March, I have also been blogging daily. I am part of a community of teachers who are writers who participate in this challenge every March and then every Tuesday the rest of the year. For most of the posts, I am answering one of the 36 questions to get to know someone highlighted in the New York Times.

My daily writing practice continues as well. I am still creating.

For revisions, one of the actions I take is to go back through the Google Files and the notebooks for stories that strike me. Some need light tweaking, and some need almost complete rewrites.

This week I had my critique group look at a story that is part of a larger collection. They helped me sort out what I needed to add. The group as a whole wanted more magic in the story (which I eluded to but didn’t deliver) so after some contemplation, I realized I had another scene I could add the original story which was perfect. I had that scene in my COMPOST PILE folder. The two stories snapped together like puzzle pieces.

Then I submitted it the next day.

11 Acceptances

26 Rejections

38 Pieces Still in Limbo

This project has brought much joy into my life. I have been reading and following some fantastic writers and publications too. As of now, it looks like I have to extend farther into April by 11 days…we shall see what happens!

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