How to Avoid the Rejection Blues. #AmWriting #Authors

I wrote this piece for a guest blog, however, I thought it would be beneficial to also share it on my blog today. I do think it’s important that writers understand how to cope with rejection. The mental health of writers is important to me, as is, the mental health and well-being of all the human community.

How to Avoid the Rejection Blues.

I’ve never been a great believer in avoiding anything. For me, life has always been about encountering not avoiding. The rejection blues is no different. The basic principle behind my thoughts on this subject comes from when I was studying counselling. Perhaps, I should rearrange the title of this blog to, “How to Encounter the Rejection Blues and Move Forward.”

Don’t think for a minute I haven’t received a rejection letter. I also don’t want you to think that I haven’t experienced the rejection blues. I have experienced both many times.
Yes, I know that feeling of disappointment. The lowering of my head, shoulders slumping and that sinking feeling as my eyes travel over every word of the rejection letter.

Dear Vacen,

Thank you again for the opportunity to consider your manuscript, and for your patience in awaiting our response.

We have given your submission serious attention and even though your work is intriguing, unfortunately we have decided not to pursue it further.
Yours Faithfully,
Blah & Blah.

 

STOP! Just for a moment. Feel all of that? This is where I tend to do things differently to what others will tell you. They might say. “Don’t worry about it.” Or they might say. “It’s subjective, just get over it.” I say allow yourself to feel the way you need to. However, we are talking about feelings not thoughts. These are two different things entirely. If you feel sad then allow yourself some time to feel sad. If you feel angry then allow yourself some time to feel angry. Do not, I repeat, do not dismiss those feelings. Experiencing these feelings is the very best way to allow yourself to pass through the stages of a rejection. It can be much like grief and loss in a way. In my opinion it is best to concentrate solely on the feeling at this point not thoughts. Say out loud, “I feel sad.” Or “I feel angry.”

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I’m certain most of the authors of these books would have received a rejection letter.

Here’s the tricky part when it comes to thoughts, and they will be hovering. You know the ones I mean. They slide in, the defeatist thoughts, the negativity and the thoughts of worthlessness. My writing sucks. I’ll never be published. I’ll never become a good writer.

This is where a different type of strategy is needed. Commit to your own positive self-talk and affirmations. Sometimes this does require you to listen to what you’re saying to yourself and then change your negative self-talk into positive self-talk. “I believe in what I’m doing.” “I’m becoming a better writer with each day I write.” “Is there anything I can do better to help me become a great writer?”

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Decide then and there if you can improve anything. There’s always room for improvement. Remember: even the best writers experience rejection. The difference is they DON’T give up. When you have experienced your feelings and committed to your positive self-talk then you carry on. Keep writing!

So until next time. Be brave and bold in your chosen field of creativity. And never be afraid to explore new techniques.

 

Comments

  1. I don’t think I’d cope with rejection all that well, V.

    • It’s not easy but it helps if people recognise the different between thoughts and feelings. Then use the strategies in the post.

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