November 5, 2019
Note From Rochelle
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Today’s tip talks about how to deal with the challenge of rejection.
By Rochelle Melander
“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” –Steve Maraboli
Every writer will get rejected repeatedly. If you’re not getting rejected, it’s because you’re not submitting.
It’s easy to make rejection about you, thinking that you’re just not good enough. Don’t do that.
It can be tempting to make the rejection bigger than it is, believing that your work will never get accepted. Stop that!
Remember that the rejection is about this piece, this particular agent or publication, and this time. It’s not about you.
When I was dating, I learned that I couldn’t make someone like me. It didn’t matter that I thought we would be perfect together. If the feeling wasn’t mutual, it wasn’t happening.
That’s a good metaphor for writing and rejection. If the feeling is not mutual, it’s not going to happen, no matter how much you want it to work out. So, you can believe your piece is perfect for this agent or this publication, but if they don’t see it—it doesn’t matter.
Remember, writers: rejection is not the end of the story. It’s a plot twist. And who knows: perhaps this rejection is making way for something better. Keep writing. Revise what does not work. Submit again.
Resilience is built on persistence. And the writers who keep trying win the game.