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How to Survive Rejection and Become a Bulletproof Writer

Rejection is brutal. It really, really hurts.

How To Deal With Rejection

First, you have to realize why being rejected hurts so much: you think it’s personal. I get that. As writers, we put our souls into our writing so it’s normal to think a rejection is a personal thing.

The Rejection Survival List for the Rejection Survivalist (see what I did there?)

  1. Take the story that was rejected and send it out to two more online journals. If it’s a rejection from an agent, find two more agents to send it to.
  2. Begin — or continue — working on a new writing project. The best way to believe in yourself is to keep writing. Yes, you have to believe in yourself. If you don’t no one else will. So keep writing.
  3. Remember you are not alone. Every famous writer has been rejected lots of times before making it in the publishing world (more on that in a minute).
  4. Meditate on this quote from Napoleon Hill: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

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