Reveling in Rejection

Love this… 🙂 It brought a smile to my face and is probably one of the best things I’ve read about writing rejection.

Telling HerStories: The Broad View


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by Janet Grace Riehl

If you are going to write for any other reason than to send a letter to your mother, you—as a writer—are going to have to come to terms with varying degrees and types of rejection. There is the rejection of apathy in which other people really don’t care about what you have to say in writing. There is the rejection of the doltish person in your critique group who just doesn’t get it, or, worse, has been waiting for this chance to angle into someone else’s work. Then, there is the outright rejection of sending out a piece to a literary journal and, guess what? It doesn’t suit their needs at the present time.

 I learned to love rejection—at least this last sort—even to revel in it, and you can too. Here’s how.

Develop a system. For instance, send out…

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  1. Janet Grace Riehl
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:21:04

    Sabrina, thank you for reblogging this Creative Catalyst post from Telling Your Stories. On Riehlife I did a series of 7 posts about rejection–five of which are guest posts. I think you might enjoy them. Here’s the archive link.


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