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04 Nov 09 Managing Rejection As A Writer

How you deal with rejection as a writer is extraordinarily important.  Anybody can have an easy time dealing with acceptance, because there’s nothing negative about that.  You don’t tend to feel bad when your articles or stories are selling well, and you’re getting the name recognition that you want.  But how you deal with rejection is a big factor in how successful you can become as a writer.

One of the best strategies is to try as hard as possible to not take the rejection personally.  So many people tend to take rejection too personally.  You aren’t being rejected based upon anything besides your writing.  That also doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t like your writing.  Sometimes your style, or your content just doesn’t mesh with what the buyer has in mind.  In that case it’s nothing to do with you, they just were looking for something else.

Once you’ve come to those realizations, it’s time to rebound.  Remember why you are a writer.  Obviously you love to write, and you want to work towards having as much of your work printed as possible.  The only way to accomplish those items, is to keep trying.  You can’t get work published if you stop submitting.  So bite the bullet, and get past the pain of rejection by submitting to another source.

Just remember, the reason you are getting rejected is because you’ve tried submitting your work.  Rejection means you are at least trying to accomplish something.  The real problem would be if you aren’t being rejected, because that means you aren’t putting yourself out there to as many sources as you could.  Keep working at it, and see rejection as a sign of you trying to succeed.  That’s a better way to think things through, and a better way to inspire yourself to work through the bad, so that you can have the good.

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