When Not If You Get Rejected

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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