Writers can’t succeed without rejection. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just getting started, it’s important to understand that you’ll often experience rejection from publishers. No matter how many times you’re told to toughen up and slap on a smile, it’s still going to suck.
So how can you make the most of rejections? We’ve compiled a few tips to help writers feel empowered and motivated after their rejections.
Take a break.
So you’ve been working on your manuscript for what seems like forever and can’t shake that last rejection. See it as an opportunity to take a break! Rejection doesn’t mean you haven’t worked hard. It’s okay to give yourself space and time to breathe. Maybe step away from your current project and start something new, or pause all writing projects. Then come back for a fresh start when you’re ready.
Nobody likes criticism. Seriously, who wants to receive a rejection letter and harsh critiques? Still, criticism improves both your current manuscript and your future writing skills.
Outside readers, especially industry professionals, provide valuable insight that you may not have realized otherwise. Remember that criticism serves to help you, so utilize it to improve your writing.
Turn rejection into motivation.
Rejection can be a huge motivating factor. If possible, let it unleash your competitive side. Don’t have thick skin? Think of rejection as writer’s fuel. Instead of turning to negative thoughts, you can use rejection as an excuse to do and be better.
Find people who can relate.
If your friends or family aren’t writers, they might not be able to fully understand your plight. Look for a local writing community or an online forum where you can connect with other people going through the same thing. These communities can be a great way to find beta readers, too!
Focus on the positive aspects of rejection. Whether it’s an offer to resubmit after revision or critique of your work, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. This new mindset will help you create a more positive outlook on writing—and life.
Remember to remind yourself that rejection isn’t as bad as it sounds. The more you deal with rejection, the more you’ll improve! After all, you only need one person to see the value in your writing to succeed—so put yourself out there. You can do it!