After receiving the latest submission rejection I had a grand epiphany. Dealing with rejection takes a certain level of thick skin. To be a great writer, it is mandatory to develop it.
To be totally honest, I am not a champ when it comes to the thick skin thing. It’s taken me many moons to not cry over rejection letters quietly in the bathroom where no one could see. The frown my face produced over the latest rejections was a step up.
There has to be a certain level of detachment from your work to deal with rejection properly. After spending days, weeks, or months on a project, you are naturally attached. However this is supposedly not a good thing.
No matter if I’m writing poetry from personal experiences or an article on platform building, it comes from the writing well within myself. But just like a wishing well, every coin that’s thrown in doesn’t make a wish come true.
So my lesson for the week is detachment. While it is perfectly okay to put a piece of myself into my work, it is not okay to keep my emotions attached once I send it out.
It is a hard lesson to learn but if I’m going to continue to write, I’m going to have to figure it out.
Tell me: How do you deal with rejection?