I have had a few publishing wins this year with my writing. But I don’t often post about my rejections. I knew going into writing that I would get way more rejections than acceptances. Just this month I have received 8 rejections, and we’re not even to the halfway point of the month! I spent over a calendar year trying to get my upcoming book published. I thought it wasn’t going to happen!
Writing, like any of the arts, is subjective of course. And we’ve all been told that just because you get rejected doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. It can get discouraging, especially when you get so many rejections back to back. You might start to think your wins were just flukes and your success might be short-lived. But we don’t advertise this on social media! We don’t want others to see our more vulnerable moments.
I am sharing this because it’s important for people to know that rejection and discouragement are part of any process, especially when you are pursuing the arts. That is reality, and we aren’t entitled to anything more than that.
We believe in ourselves and our craft. We keep working and persevere. We learn and improve.
Celebrate every win, no matter how small, especially when your losses have been getting you down.