Diary of a bad writer – Week 86

October 20th, early evening. As I prepare for NaNoWriMo, I wondered why some authors hide rejection letters. Should I worry about my current work in progress? I SAY NO! BE PROUD OF YOUR WORK, NO MATTER WHAT!

Rejection letters are part of the writing process. Every author will get one. I did. What do they look like? I will proudly show you my first one next post. Like me, whenever you get one, just –

Keep Writing!

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  One thought on “Diary of a bad writer – Week 86

  1. November 2, 2020 at 12:28 am

    It’s a long hard journey, my dear friend. It took me near 20 years to master it. Once you step outside your writing room, get a thick skin because there’s always someone to bring you down to earth and make you question why you decided to to begin this painful journey. Enter a few competitions does help to build your confidence when you get some results, also to build a backlog of work you can send out to submission and short stories call outs.

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    • November 2, 2020 at 2:49 am

      I told my best friend had I known how hard it is to write, I never would have started on this road. I’m here now so I’ll continue on the journey using good advice as yours to keep me on track. Thanks for the support Paula ๐Ÿค—

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  2. October 26, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I saved my first rejection letter. It was very encouraging. I’m glad because that manuscript was terrible and that agent didn’t have to be nice.

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    • October 26, 2020 at 10:55 am

      You had a good agent, and you were able to grow from the experience. It should be that way for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. October 22, 2020 at 7:45 am

    I’m curious – do rejection letters ever provide their reasoning for rejection?

    Absolutely agree with being proud. Heck, I say be proud you’ve written the first page, let alone the whole thing and attempted to get it published. That’s huge. It’s all about who reads your work, their preferences, their mood that morning, their budget. It’s not a true reflection of the quality of your work at all. Plus, some of the best, most famous and now most prolific authors first went through countless rejections! xx

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    • October 22, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Most rejection letters don’t provide any usable feedback. It’s more like cookie cutter replies: “Thanks for applying, not what were looking for, okay to submit something else”…
      You’re right Caz. It’s all about who reads the work and their mood at the time.

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  4. October 22, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Oh god I have so many rejection letters I have lost count now. I send in poetry to random magazines and stuff, in the beginning those letters hurt badly, like a kick in my guts. My self esteem tumbled, I felt insecure and then one acceptance letter had me back up on my feet again. After that I realised it’s just a matter of fact. If I send in to ten places I’m bound to get rejected by 8-9 out of those 10 and that’s okay. What matters is I got into one. ๐Ÿ–คโ˜บ

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  5. October 21, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    That’s very brave of you.
    I submitted a story several months back for an anthology and never even for a rejection letter – just didn’t get an approval one – that’s how I found out. Rejection hurts I have to say…

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    • October 21, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      No one wants their work rejected, but it happens. We learn, we improve, we move on. It’s our life as writer’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. October 21, 2020 at 11:47 am

    I know one very talented writer who keeps his letters and his stories in a big trunk….and when he gets the urge,he;ll pull that rejected story out and go back to work on it. I think rejection letters are a badge of honor. Even the cheetah and I were rejected by a film company when we asked to be included on their film release list. Hasn’t stopped us!!!

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  7. October 21, 2020 at 8:52 am

    The first rejection I got stopped me in my tracks. I did eventually get over it and moved on. I decided my goal was to get a personal rejection and not just a form letter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Did I read that Steven King covered a whole wall with rejections?

    Good job putting yourself out there. It’s the only way to succeed.

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    • October 21, 2020 at 9:08 am

      My rejection letter was mild compared to the beat down I got from my first writer’s meet up ๐Ÿ˜… I was made of steel after that day.

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  8. October 21, 2020 at 3:56 am

    The rejections I’ve received in recent years have all been emails. I’ve deleted them. Not dwelling on failure = tidy inbox! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Spiderman?? Mmm. Guess I’ll have to wait and see!

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    • October 21, 2020 at 4:58 am

      Get rid of the negative, keep the positive. That’s the way to focus.โ˜บ๏ธ My Spidy is a fan just having some fun on Halloween. Cheers.๐Ÿพ


  9. October 21, 2020 at 1:41 am

    I saved my rejection letter from a certain prestigious private university from 1994, because I quickly realized that the people at that school were such stuck-up snobs that I was proud not to be one of them.

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