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I’ve gotten a few rejections this week, and they always suck. They suck even when people tell me how many times JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer got their million-dollar manuscripts turned down (not that I’m writing anything like Harry Potter or Twilight, but you get the point), and they suck even when I read motivational quotes on Literary Rejections until I finally feel like writing again.

Greg Daugherty said “Rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are” and Bo Bennett reminded us that “A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.”

Still, I think most writers would have to agree with Isaac Asimov’s metaphor that “Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil.”

In any part of life, rejection sucks, but how we choose to respond to it is what really reveals our character. I made a goal last…

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