Some writers joke about their rejection slips–one blogger recently held a contest for rejection letters set to rock song tunes. But whether you take your “noes” in stride or hide under the covers, underneath that facade, rejection hurts. Stings. Makes you want to break your diet or go shopping. At least while you’re in the waiting room you can pretend they’re saying “yes.” What’s the pro writer to do when the answer is no?
Writing Tip for Today:
- Keep your head up and eyes on the prize, to mangle a couple of cliches. Believe that for every no you receive, you’re getting one answer closer to that yes.
- Allow yourself 24 hours to mourn, pout, self-flagellate or throw darts at the rejectioner’s image. Then get back on the horse.
- Keep working on your skills. Take a class, attend a conference or workshop, join a critique group.
- Learn more by writing more. Remember the Gladwell principle of 10,000 hours of practice.
- Don’t withdraw. Get yourself out there. Submit your stuff. Work on your contacts and audience database.
- Find a writing buddy who can prop you up when you’re down, and vice versa.
- Keep writing.