Okay, if you are only writing so that you will be rich and famous, then you can go ahead and quit.

Are they gone yet?  Okay good.  Now, as I was saying,don’t be discouraged.  If you have been following up with the program and writing as much as you can, submitting in as many genres as you can find to write for, you may have a small or even a large collection of rejections with very few or no successful publications. 

This is just the warm-up. We haven’t begun the marathon yet.  Remember, if you don’t remember anything else that I tell you.  Rejections are a part of life, for authors, like everyone else.  If you have never been rejected in your entire life, then it is likely that either you’ve never asked for anything or you weren’t paying attention.  So, how do I put this nicely?  Get over it.

You are growing as a writer.  The more you write the better you get.  Writing for other people means writing to a higher standard than writing in your journal.  You can either pack it in because you got a few negative reviews, or more commonly non-reviews or you can learn from your mistakes and move on.

I don’t know about you, but I would like to share my writing with other people.  That’s why I write outside of my journal.  Over the next few months we will discuss different avenues for publication and the myriad ways that we can edit to improve our writing and improve our chances of being published.

So, seriously, don’t let a few rejections get you down.  Keep on writing.  That story that speaks to both you and the reader is still inside of you waiting to come out.

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