The incomparable Michelle Green passed on some great advice to the Manchester cohort of Commapress short story course students last year.

We’d all love to see our work published, but all too often that voice in our heads that’s scared of rejection will get too persuasive and will talk us out of submitting writing, equaling a precisely zero percent chance of getting published. So on Michelle’s advice, it’s best to face the fear head on and set a target of achieving a certain number of rejections in a year. It is strangely motivating.

I’ve set myself a target of 25 rejections in 2017. I’ll keep a little tally going on the home page.