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Friday Fun: Reflections on Rejection

Suzanne Books, Fun, Writing

5 things a rejection letter can never take from me

Looking back on where you’ve come is important for seeing where you’re heading. For a writer, that means experiencing a fair share of rejection. Although no one ever wants to receive the dreaded letter, it can teach valuable lessons. I remember receiving a very rude rejection letter and the power I allowed it to have on me. I never wanted to feel that way again, so I came up with a list of what that rejection letter cannot take from me. I posted the list on my bulletin board to serve as a reminder when future rejection threatens my attitude (because rejection letters are part of the package of being a writer!):

1) My accomplishment. I wrote, revised and completed a book (or an article) that expressed my heart. Many writers (even those with far more talent than I) have that same intention but not the ability to follow-through and finish.

2) My self-esteem. A standardized form letter informing me that my work isn’t good enough is not worth taking seriously as an assessment of my talent. (And most rejection letters really are “canned” responses to effectively end conversation about that particular project.)

3) My calling. Writing has been given to me as a call from the Lord.

4) My clear vision. I refuse to allow that letter to minimize my successes and magnify my failures.

5) My hope. And the determination to try again.

Please feel free to add on!

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