I’ve been writing for a long time but only began to submit my work for publication a few years ago. I started with short stories and still write them as well as novels and novellas. I like short stories because they are quick and I can have the whole plot in my head. I also like them because when you get a rejection, chances are, there will be another place to submit the story even if you have to tweak it a bit. It’s also fair to say that the quick turnaround on rejection/acceptance on short pieces has helped me grow a shell (sort of) around myself. Sometimes, I let the rejections bounce offf the shell but other times, the shell feels a bit fragile.
One of the funniest rejections I ever got was the letter from the editor addressed to my character. I laughed and told myself that I didn’t want to be in a magazine that couldn’t even get my name right on the rejection letter. How likely were they to edit properly? Really? LOL!
The worst rejection I got was when the editor initially sent me an email that she loved the story, but she couldn’t say yes until all the entries were in for the anthology. She eventually came back and said with the other stories chosen, mine wasn’t dark enough and they passed on it. When I sent it in, I figured it was too light based on what I’d seen in their other work but she got my hopes up. It hurt more to get the no after she liked it, but in retrospect, that’s okay because she did like it. You know?
So, in this crazy up and down world of writing, we have to grow a shell and use it both to deflect and protect. Good luck with yours if you’re a writer reading this.