Those rejection letters are piling up. Meanwhile, you have bills to pay. Is there anything good about having your writing rejected? Well, of course there is. You can find positivity anywhere if you’re willing to look hard enough. Here are some ways to turn those rejection notices into something not only positive, but spectacular!
Get your nose out of the air.
Sure, you think everything you write is genius. That doesn’t mean it is. I’m in the process of editing all my old content. When I first started writing online, I thought I was going to be the next internet sensation. I’ve gained a lot of experience since then. Now, when I look back at my first attempts, I can’t believe how horrendous they were. I still have a long way to go. Rejection keeps you humble. Use it to improve your writing.
Take the free advice.
If an editor actually gives you reasons why your work was rejected, you are in luck. Now, you can use that information to your advantage. You’ve just gotten a free education. Put it to good use. Next time around, you’ll know exactly how to please them. Or, at the very least, you’ll know one thing they don’t tolerate or accept.
Look for patterns.
You have before you an entire stack of rejection notices. What do those rejection notices have in common? Did the editors all mention your lack of experience? Did they say they’re not accepting that type of content? Are they looking for fresh ideas? Are you writing outside their criterion? When you find the similarities, you’ll be able to move forward and do better next time around.
Do that re-write, even if they didn’t ask you to.
Take their advice. Re-write your article, changing it to meet their suggestions. Then, send it back. The worst that can happen is another rejection. Or, maybe they’ll be impressed with your initiative. Either way, you’ve learned something about what they will and will not accept. What if they still aren’t interested?
Turn the tables.
What if they don’t even want your re-write? Well, there are plenty of other venues out there. Stay humble about it, though. There was a reason for their rejection. Take their advice to the bank by using it to submit your revised work to someone else. Be proactive, rather than resentful. It’ll serve you better in the long term.
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