I think rejection is par for the course of being a writer. As a writer, some will love what you write. They’ll love it so much that they’ll praise you, pay you, recommend you. But, sometimes, sometimes, people will not love what you write.
Rejection is par the course of being a writer. To be a writer, to put yourself out there, you must be able to handle rejection. You must remember that when one of your pieces is rejected, it’s not because of you, it’s because of what you’ve written. There’s a difference.
A big difference.
I used to never think I’d be able to handle any negative feedback on my writing. I used to never read my teacher’s critiques of my writings until two years after receiving those critiques. Then, I did it because I feared that it, or the critiques, could “break” me, break my spirit as a writer, change my voice.
And it did do those things, at times.
But now, now that I’ve grown and matured, I’ve learned not to cry or take personally when others don’t like what I’ve written. I listen to critiques and plan to do better, work harder, plan more for next time.
How do you deal with negative feedback on your writings? How do you handle rejections?