Time for a little progress update.
I submitted my play, ‘The Fall’, to The National Theatre on 23rd January and I havenâ€™t heard back. Not a dicky bird. Even given the Covid trials, I think itâ€™s quite safe to say that I have been rejected.
I expected it to hurt. I was really worried about rejection, Iâ€™d convinced myself it would damage my confidence, discourage me from writing, maybe even make me stop altogether but it hasnâ€™t.Â It doesnâ€™t even sting a little bit. It only feels rude.Â
I understand they get many submissions and itâ€™s made clear in the autoresponder that they do not reply to anything theyâ€™re not interested in developing. And yet no replyÂ still feels rude. Â
I never understood why organisations like this, whether its theatres, publishers or employers, didnâ€™t automatically let people know when theyâ€™d been unsuccessful. It takes, what, a minute or even less to fire off a canned answer? Itâ€™s just courtesy, right?
Maybe the reason they donâ€™t is exactly this. The feeling of being on the receiving end of an act of rudeness acts to distract the recipient, it takes away the sting of rejection.
Itâ€™s kinder than saying â€˜your work stinksâ€™.
So hereâ€™s to my future out and out rejections being this kind.