Strange Charms: The Rejected

Strange Charms: The Rejected

I remember the first time I got a rejection for my writing. I was in fifth grade in Bakersfield, California, and all the fifth grade students were required by the state to complete a writing benchmark. We were supposed to write some type of historical fiction for the test. As my teacher stood in the front of the class giving us instructions before we started, I thought about all the awesome possibilities for my essay.

I don’t remember how long this test took me, but in the end, my finished product consisted of a story revolving around time travel and the California Gold Rush.

Not bad, right?

But wait, I forgot to mention that during this historic event, Mariah Carey and I rode around in a red convertible, dug up gold, and spent the sparkly nuggets at my favorite teenybopper clothing stores.

After our teacher read through our papers, she called me into her office to talk to me. She sat me down at her desk and went through my writing test to tell me what was wrong with it. She told me she knew I could do better. Then, my teacher put down a pencil and paper in front of me and told me to take as long as I needed to write something completely new. As you can probably imagine, I was not excited at all about having to start over again.

I’m not sure of the specifics of what my teacher said to me, how long I took to write, or what happened while I sat alone writing in her office, but when I finished, it was a fifth- grade masterpiece. My teacher was so happy with the story I came up with that she used it as an example for other fifth grade classes. I was one happy little girl.

The point of this whole story is that I am so glad my teacher rejected my mediocre (or should I say atrocious?) work. She talked me through what I did wrong because she wanted me to get better—and I did.

As editors at Quantum Fairy Tales, improvement is something we want for all of our amazing contributors. We hope this is a place where you feel like you can grow as writers and get the feedback you need to come back even stronger.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope you enjoy this new issue.

-Ruby-eyed Cyborg

3 thoughts on “Strange Charms: The Rejected

  1. Excellent essay Ruby. I’d like to read that original paper. Funny how we only remember the horrible stuff, huh? 🙂

  2. Where have all the teachers like that gone?!

    Apparently to the editorial board here! This essay has inspired me to submit something for the next issue so I can get me some of that sweet feedback every writer needs. Mark it up! Tear it apart! Reject me! I feel a need to grow…

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