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Writers: don’t think of it as rejection – Barbara Kingsolver Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

keyboardThis manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.

Barbara Kingsolver

 
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11 comments on “Writers: don’t think of it as rejection – Barbara Kingsolver Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. Cynthia Reyes
    May 31, 2015

    Great perspective.

    • bridget whelan
      May 31, 2015

      I agree – if you have faith in what you’ve written (and your ability to judge) it’s a question of finding the right reader.

  2. The Story Reading Ape
    May 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    I like this quote a lot 😀

  3. Blunderdad
    May 31, 2015

    Between writing and cartooning, I have earned more rejections than a bachelor who doesn’t believe in showering.

    When you factor in the shear volume of material an editor/agent receives and the fact that no writing appeals to everyone, it should be the expected that rejection is the norm.

    Celebrate the small victories such as a “like” on a blog post or a new follower, but never give up on the hope that the acceptance letter could be around the corner. Never be fully content with your writing. There is always a way to improve and increase your chances at getting noticed.

    Just my own brain-fart thoughts on rejection.

    • bridget whelan
      June 1, 2015

      Than you so much for this. It is all about the balance between not giving up, being prepared to reflect and act on criticism and not being defeated by rejection. A few people do have a mis-placed belief in their ‘right’ to be published but no genuine writer is truly content with what they ahve produced – I think that kind of dissatisfaction is part of the creative process and what makes us go on to create more…

  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    May 31, 2015

    U.p.l.i.f.t.i.n.g. ❤
    Thank you.

  5. Suzanne Joshi
    June 1, 2015

    Thanks, Bridget. 🙂

  6. theowllady
    June 4, 2015

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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