Regardless of when you first began the journey to publication, when you began, you probably had the idea that you'd write something, submit it, and it would be accepted with enthusiasm. The first rejection - probably not a big deal. They just didn't know good writing when they saw it, right? But then there's a second, third, and so on. Is there something that you don't know? This is the best writing ever! How could all these people NOT like it enough to publish it?
For the weak at heart, this is usually when the beginning writer gives up on their dreams and excitement. After all, writing is supposed to be fun. When it turns into real work, it's not worth it. When people criticize the best writing ever, they are just being bafoons, not fit to have the position they do. For these people, it is indeed best that they move on to something that suits them better because writing is definitely not it.
For the ones who still hold onto that dream, rejection can be something that you can use to learn from. Writer's Relief has a letter opener they sell on their website. On this letter opener is an inspiring statement; "Each rejection brings me closer to acceptance." It serves as a reminder that rejections don't always have to be a bad thing.
Disappointing, yes. Frustrating, yes. But in order to make it in the business, you have to grow a thick skin. You have to learn how to endure. You have to be persistant in your pursuits and always, always learn and grow.
Here are some points of inspiration to help you make it through the rejections:
- Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind got 38 rejections
- Stephen King's Carrie got 30 rejections
- JK Rowling's Harry Potter series got around a dozen rejections
- Rudyard Kipling was told he didn't know how to use the English language
How do you use your rejections? Feel free to vent below... get it all out and then continue to write.