I read often the way to deal with rejection is to remember they’re rejecting the story not me. I understood that but my current short story got me thinking, for some reason. That sort of reasoning is far too practical. I’m going to file it under easier said than done. I might go as far as placing it in the impossible folder.

My writing is me. No matter what I’m writing, I put my soul into it, not on purpose, if I don’t, my work suffers. It would be nice if I didn’t have to open my soul and reveal it to people I don’t know but, it has to be done. I like to create things and I have to put everything I am into it or I’d hate the end result. So, to say they aren’t rejecting me just my story is a little hard to wrap my head around.

Rejections are going to suck and there’s no way around it. The best way to get over it is to have unshakable confidence in your work and surround yourself with people who will not let you give up. People are important because after so many rejections, that confidence may not be so unshakeable.


Unknown · November 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Sometimes you just have to remain unshakable no matter what. It's your dream. You just have to own it or lose it. Lose your dream you may lose yourself.

Unknown · November 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Whatever you do with rejections, just make sure that they never keep you from writing the way you must. I'd rather never be published than to change the very things that give me joy in my writing. 🙂 Keep writing!

Auden Johnson · November 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Thanks. I guess it boils down to writing what you love and holding on to what you like about your work no matter what anyone else says.

Kelly Hashway · November 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

This is why I love the writing community. It's supportive and writers need support because this is a tough industry. Keep going, Auden! We're all cheering you on. 🙂

Alex · November 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

While a rejection is personal, it is not a universal opinion. It is just the opinion of the individual(s) who rejected it. The key is matching the writing to the reader. We all have come across books that we would not touch with a ten foot pole, but found a segment of people who felt the book was the best thing ever written. Your style, and all improvements thereafter, is who you are.

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