At a basketball game it’s often shouted out when a shot is blocked. And chanted rather mercilessly, too.
But then I learned about a different side of the word rejection….
See…I’d never planned on being a writer when I grew up. Never had that dream. So, I had no clue what I would experience when I finished my first novel.
My best friend told me to, “Take the next step.”
I was like, “Okay” and I started surfing the internet trying to find out what that next step might be. I mean, I didn’t even know a writer to ask them…
So, the first thing I found out was “you need to get an agent.” I start searching online….needless to say, I didn’t really understand that I needed to try and find an agent AFTER my manuscript had been critiqued.
And rightfully so!
I didn’t really understand the weight of a rejection yet, though…until I found a crit group and started writing more novels. As I grew in my craft I figured I was ready to send out a few more queries.
Now those rejections stung a little more. Because I’d started spending more time and money honing the craft. Before, I was just clueless.
But, I didn’t let the rejections get me down. I learned from them. Took suggestions and comments that were offered to heart. It made me press on. I kept taking the next step.
So, whether you’re a writer or not, don’t let rejection get you down. Use it as a motivator and keep taking the next step. I mean, I’ve had some bumps along the way, but I truly believe that’s just part of the journey. Not the “funnest” part, but a part.
Write on, my friends!
Your Friday Fox,