Dealing with Rejection as a Writer


You’re a writer; expect rejection!  

It’s gonna happen — somewhere, somehow, someday — whether that rejection comes in the form of a letter from a publisher  who declines your newest novel or poem, or you get a bad review from a respected book critic, or you receive a few 1-star Amazon reviews, or your blog doesn’t get nearly as many hits as you’d hoped. It’ll happen, and it’ll hurt. But rejection can also be instructive!

So how do you develop the skills needed to weather these storms of criticism, disappointment, and rejection?

Top 5 articles on how writers can cope with rejection in a healthy way

1. 5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Rejection Letters

2. Expect Rejection!

3. Resilience: How to Deal with Criticism and Rejection

4. 4 Tips for Writers on How to Take Criticism like an Adult

5. 7-Step Guide to Submitting Work for Publication (Because you need to dust yourself off and KEEP GOING!)

So how do you deal with rejection? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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