rejection, dejection, and other ections

the life of the writer is filled with rejection.

after awhile, it becomes a kind of drug.

some drugs are good for you (aspirin) and some are bad for you (aspirin).

when i first started writing, every rejection was a crushing defeat of the soul. part of that was (1) taking it too personally, and (II) thinking my writing was much better than it really was.

there are a couple of healthy responses to rejection – and a bunch of unhealthy ones.

healthy
ask yourself, “what can i do to improve my writing?”

unhealthy
ask yourself, “what can i do to get drunk the fastest?”

healthy
tell yourself, “obviously, this was not the right opportunity or the right time. i just need to keep going.”

unhealthy
tell yourself, “i’ve emptied every bottle of alcohol into my mouth that i can find. i just need to keep going.”

rejection makes or breaks the writer. some will give up in the face of rejection which means they were never really writers in the first place. the rest will keep going until the day they die. i hope to be the latter. and i hope you will be too.

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