Has anyone got a rejection that made them feel like this?
I certainly have.
Writers face a lot of rejection, it is a painful part of the thing we love, and it can really get you down, especially if you really, really, really wanted that yes. The silver lining, I guess, is that the more rejection you get, the less it hurts, at least, that’s what I’ve found. Rejection used to really slay me, and keep me down for ages, but now I can get over it fairly quickly, in a few hours. If it’s something I really wanted, it might take a day.
I don’t usually cry anymore when I get a rejection, though the other day an agent I really wanted to work with rejected my query and brought forth tears. Cuddles from my husband help, but since I can’t share him with you all, I thought I’d share with you the songs I like to listen to that help me grieve that rejection that’s hard to take.
And then once you’ve had your cry, or whole block of chocolate, or both, you need to get up and:
Seriously, get up and jump around and get those endorphins pumping.
And then get out there and keep on submitting! This song is my anthem right now:
“I don’t really care if no one else believes, I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”
Keep fighting, it’s all you can do. Ride the wave of rejection and make sure you come out on the other side by not giving up. And remember you are not alone.