30 Days of Writing Tips – Day 20 – Celebrate Rejection

by Anne Wayman

Celebrate rejectionOkay. I know. Getting a rejection slip or email about a piece of writing you’ve done is no fun. None of us like it, and every single successful freelance writer has learned how to deal with rejection and keep on writing.

My theory is that you should celebrate rejection. Yes, celebrate!

Just think of what you’ve accomplished. You’ve written a piece or a query and gotten it in (e)mail.

Do you know how few people who say they want to be writers ever get that far? I’d guess maybe only 5 or 10 percent.  That means you’re in the top percentile just because you actually got so far as to get a rejection. That’s worth if not a party, at least a long soak in the tub or dinner out don’t you think?

The post, Rejection – The First Step To Successful Freelance Writing, may help.

So crumble that rejection slip, throw it against the wall… maybe twice.

Now, take a deep breath, and post it where you can see it, congratulate yourself and get back to writing.

How do you handle rejection?

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Elizabeth West June 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I have a file for mine. One day I’ll take them out and read them and laugh like crazy, as I look at the covers of all my bestsellers framed on the wall! Mwahahaha!


L.C. Gant May 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I’m always comforted by the thought that every writer who has ever lived has faced rejection. Every. Writer. Ever. Whether in the form of a bad review, an editor who didn’t like an article premise or a fan base that hated the novel’s ending, rejection is a part of writing and life in general.

Heck, even the Bible, which to my knowledge is the best-selling book of all time, has had more than its share of critics. If God couldn’t avoid it, I suppose I can’t, either :-/
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annew May 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

yep 😉


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