Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fear of Rejection

Hi there. Today I'm going to be writing about the fear of rejection.

Fear of rejection is a common thing that all writers deal with when first starting out. And bouncing back from rejection after rejection is a big obstacle that writers face as well.

Rejection happens. Get over it! No, I'm just kidding. But it does in fact happen and we shouldn't let it control our life. If someone is scared of getting rejected, then what is the point of writing in the first place? It's important to think about why you wanted to become a writer in the first place. All of your reasons should be able to outweigh the fear of rejection. It's also crucial to remember that you can't please everyone. It's something that's impossible. Just because one publisher doesn't like your book/story, doesn't mean that the next one won't. It's when we stop trying that's the problem. As a writer, we have to put ourselves out there, fight for our book(s) to get published. There's a chance that you can get 50 rejections, but that 51st publisher might be the one that likes your idea, likes your book, likes your story, sees something special in you.

I think the fear of rejection ties in with not being good enough. There's always going to be someone out there who is better than you and being good enough is impossible. But how do you know you can't be great at something until you try it? If you want to be a writer, just do it. Keep writing and writing and don't ever give up, even if you do end up getting rejected by publishers a thousand times. Put yourself out there because that's when you will succeed. It may take awhile or you could become an overnight success, but in any case, you'll be doing what you dream of doing. Getting published and getting your name out there in the case of writing is hard work. Nothing in life is ever easy, but if we stop trying, we won't get anywhere. There could be another writer who comes out with a book with what you were thinking about, but never put in into words. So my advice is that if you have an idea or ideas about a story, get it down on paper and get it out there. Granted, given with feedback and constant editing, you will have to keep writing the same story over and over, but that's how you get better, how you get published, and how you stop getting rejected. It's how you win in getting over that fear of rejection in the first place.

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!


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