No one likes getting rejected. It’s a feeling that is encoded into us, one that we try to avoid at all costs.
Unfortunately, in a creative field rejection is almost certain to come at some point. Even Stephen King, a man who has sold more than 350 million copies of his books, initially wrote stories that were rejected over and over. In his autobiographical text, On Writing, he talks of having so many rejection letters that a large nail he would pin each rejection on became completely full.
Is this a reason to become disillusioned? No!
Take a moment and think about math. If you missed every question on a math test, would your teacher assume that you are terrible at math, or that you haven’t taken the time to learn how to do the math problems correctly? The latter, of course!
Rejection letters are a good indication that you have written something, and that you are on your way to becoming a good writer. But it takes determination and a high level of stick-to-it-iveness. Perhaps you’re trying the wrong journals or publishers. Maybe you haven’t found your ‘real’ style yet.
You can’t let the rejection letters get you down, and you have to keep writing if you want to one day receive an acceptance letter.