At some point in your writing career, you will meet up with the writing blues. Most often they come following a rejection letter. If we’re not careful, we could allow the writing blues to define and determine our writing career.
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when the writing blues assail you:
• You are not your writing. As much as you may think that you can’t be separated from your writing, you can. In other words, your worth as a person does not derive from your writing; it derives from God and can never be taken from you.
• Rejection happens to all writers. It is part of the writing game. I call it an occupational hazard. Rejection does not mean you have failed; it means you are one step closer to success.
• With the writing blues, you won’t appreciate the writing highs. If you’ve never received a rejection letter, you won’t reap the full joy from an acceptance letter. The excitement of receiving an acceptance letter is magnified when it comes after a rejection letter, or after many rejection letters.
If you’ve been allowing the writing blues to define and determine your writing career, be gentle with yourself. At least you’re writing. That in itself should be cause for celebration. At least you’re walking the walk and not just talking the talk. If you keep on walking the walk, you will eventually reach your destination of publication.
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