So your first idea’s not your best idea. So what?
Mickey is a Rabbit?
Have you ever heard of Oswald the Rabbit? Probably not. Long before Mickey Mouse hit the Big Screen, Walt Disney drew a rabbit. Take a look, and you can see his resemblance to Mickey.
Though Oswald enjoyed a certain degree of success over the years (most recently featured in video games), he never grew to the prominence of Mickey.
What’s the point?
As writers we collect a lot of rejection slips–and if we’re like Stephen King, we keep them. Even established authors get rejected, but they become published because they keep trying and because they work toward a polished product worthy of publication.
Walt knew he was on to something with Oswald– he wanted an animated animal character who was expressive and laugh-out-loud funny. Oswald was all of those things, but Mickey was even more so. Over time and with experience, Walt improved his creation. He persevered and it paid off.
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