Writing for publication is not for the faint of heart. This is an industry ripe with rejections from agents, editors, publishing houses, magazines, ezines, etc. Oh, there are the occasional ‘nice’ rejection letters, but the message is the same. Anyone who has honed their material and researched the perfect agent/publisher knows the amount of courage it takes to say out loud, “Here, I am. Judge me,”and whisper, “please be gentle.” They know the hesitant anticipation of waiting for a response. And when it’s a negative one, it stings.
In the midst of grief, the walls writer’s put up to cope with constant rejection are paper-thin. As I struggle with this, those rejections are enough to make me doubt my ability as a writer.
How do you cope with being a writer when the joy of writing is missing? Without the reward of euphoria that sprouts from writing an awesome story, it’s just a lot of really hard work and rejection. How have I pushed past it (kinda)? I asked myself this question. Why do I write? A simple question which took days to answer, but I’m glad I didn’t give up on it.
I write to bring joy to others through written words.
It is possible to write without a muse and it aint pretty, but it’s better than a blank page. And those rejection letters, they’re just progress in the right direction. Each and every one shows you’re not giving up. You’re just searching for the agent for you and your work.
Why do you write? What are your thoughts on rejection letters?