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Optional Question: When rejections feel overwhelming, what do you do to get yourself out of this negative funk? (And, oops, I chose the wrong question but ... since this is IWSG, I hope you all understand!)
This is an area of expertise for me as a short story writer. However, I don't have novel rejection experience yet so that may be different.
For short story rejections, I do these things:
1. I take a deep breath, check the story for any unknown errors, and then, if it looks the way I want it to, I search for a new market and send it out again within 24 hours of the initial rejection. (Some stories take many submissions to find a home.)
2. I go cry. Okay. I know this isn't what you wanted to hear, but when I read the question right - if the rejections are truly overwhelming, I think it's okay to shed a few tears. It's normal to feel the pain of having a story baby sent back unwanted.
3. I read over my list of successes. I keep it on my blog and in a desk drawer.
4. I read some nice reviews of my previous work. I have a list of nice comments people have made that I keep handy, just in case.
5. I go for a walk. I clear my head. I dance around the living room. I pet my dog and cat, hug my family, or have a cup of tea.
6. I read. This is my go-to place for any kind of stress.
7. I set a timer and write anything, literally, anything. I even wrote something that might be considered romance the other day. It's only 1500 words and part of a story, but I surprised myself because I liked it enough to keep going after the timer (which only had me at 400 words).
8. If I haven't done #1 yet, then I do that after I do #2-7.
For a bonus round of help, I read IWSG posts - sometimes old ones by other bloggers. These are especially encouraging.
To see a random selection of pictures from my Prague trip, scroll down to my previous post on goals. There are a few pictures from London since I had a seven hour layover on my return trip.
What do you do when you face rejection?
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