If you are just starting out on your writing career, I hope you are not aiming at never receiving a rejection letter. The only way to not receive a rejection letter is to never submit any writing.
So when you receive your rejection letter, take it as a learning opportunity. Instead of getting angry and ripping up the letter or firmly clicking on delete, ask yourself these questions.
- Why did it get rejected?
- Was their a major problem with your article?
- Was it the wrong article for the wrong magazine?
- Did you look at the kind of articles that the magazine does publish?
- What could you do better?
- If you had the chance to resubmit it, what would you do differently?
- Are you going to submit the article to another magazine?
- Is there something that you can do to making it more likely to be accepted?
When you get your rejection letter, take a good 10-20 seconds for a pity party. Then start asking these questions and use the rejection as an opportunity to become a better writer.
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