Dealing with Rejection…Again

imagesI received another rejection notice from an online literary magazine that has published my writing before. It’s my second rejection from the magazine in as many months.

Even though rejection is a given is in the nature of the publishing beast, no matter how many times you have been published and no matter how many times people tell you that your writing is good, it still smarts a little when you start reading that email and get to the part where the editor or assistant says something like, “it’s not a right fit for us.”

Rejection. We have all felt its sting and slap. I would be lying to you if I said it doesn’t hurt. The challenge of course, is how to use the rejection to improve your writing?

Now before one immediately starts rewriting their poem or story, one should take another look at that piece of writing and try to understand why it was rejected. It might something as simple as the editor just didn’t like the story for one reason or another. In my case, the editors felt the story hadn’t been developed enough. Fair enough. I can live with that because as a writer we need some feedback that is not from a friend or a family member. Sure, it’s all objective, but objectivity is good and we should try to use it when we take another look at the piece of writing that had been rejected.

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