Sunday, September 22, 2013

Rejection of Authors: Part Six - The Next Step

All writers are rejected at some time or another, even the most famous or successful ones, so  you are in good company. Even if you’ve mastered the art of not taking it personally, rejection will still hurt, even if only a little, so it’s best to wait a while before jumping straight back into any writing projects. Writers spend so much time at their desks anyway, engrossed in their projects and it’s always a good idea to take a break and recharge the batteries once in a while. 

The same applies when dealing with a recent rejection, especially since you shouldn’t probably be writing anything while still feeling hurt anyway, wondering what’s wrong with your writing, considering yourself inadequate and second-guessing every paragraph, sentence, line or word that you write. Simply walk away for a while and engage in some non-writing activities. Run some errands, walk the dog, do laundry or other housework, read some magazines, watch movies or TV, even do some yard work. 

And if you don’t belong to a critique group or some other writer’s organization, meet up with friends for coffee or dinner, to chat about something unrelated to writing. The change of scene will do you the world of good and help you to eventually get writing again, most likely with some fresh ideas on how to improve an existing piece or to start work on a completely new one.

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