If clothing or skin catches fire, stop, drop, and roll.
Writers must develop thick skin to survive. Where the skin is thinnest more damage occurs from burns: face, hands, perineum, feet, the skin of the elderly.
The Rule of Nines divides the body into multiples of nine to quickly approximate the extent of burns. Head 9%, each arm 9%, each side of each leg 9%, the trunk 18%, privates 1%.
Burns may be classified by cause or degree.
Dry heat injuries: open flames, explosions.
Moist heat injuries: hot pot of red bean soup, steam from rice cooker.
Contact burns: contact with hot pan, chicken grease, lard.
Chemical burns: drain cleaner, oven cleaner, sulfuric acid, a particularly caustic rejection letter.
Electrical burns: electrical current passing through body.
Thermal burns: clothing on fire.
Flash (arch) burns: contact with electrical current traveling through air, from one conductor to another.
Conductive electrical injury: from touching electrical equipment.
Radiation burns: therapeutic treatment, sunburn.
Most writers know the familiar sting of metaphorical burns associated with rejection.
Superficial thickness burn: rejection by silence...the literary equivalent of ghosting.
Superficial partial thickness burn: form rejection, 15 minutes to 2 years later.
Deep partial thickness burn: Did you even read our guidelines? We specifically said no breastfeeding pieces unless absolutely brilliant.
Full thickness burn: I already gave you feedback about tightening up the language last time, which you have not heeded. Please do not submit again.
Deep full thickness: the scientific language here is a lame excuse to be vulgar.
Of course, there are encouraging rejections as well. They're just not quite as memorable, as they leave behind no scar tissue.