How to Turn Rejection into a Positive Experience

This is a guest post by Kate Croston

Dealing with rejection is never easy, and as a writer you encounter it far more often than other professions. The writing industry – no matter which sector of it you’re working in – is a fairly cutthroat business, and often times writers will face more rejection than not as they attempt to navigate through their careers. However rejection doesn’t have to be a negative experience.

Instead, use it as a chance to cultivate success. Here are four ways to turn your rejection into a positive experience:

1.    Don’t take it personally– You will never learn to grow as a writer if you take every rejection personally. Sometimes rejection has nothing to do with your skill as a writer and solely rests on the fact that your article didn’t resonate with that particular editor. Being a writer requires thick skin and a level head; otherwise rejection will drive you crazy. You have to take the emotional aspect out of it so that you can see it for what it really is.

2.    Learn from your mistakes – If you have a chance to talk to the editor, ask why they rejected your work and what you could have done better so that you can apply it to future assignments. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Instead of continually doing the same thing, make changes so you stop making the same mistakes repeatedly.

3.    Stay in tune with why you’re a writer – You’re a writer because you love writing. Writing isn’t just another desk job that gets you a paycheck; writing is something that is done out of passion. Keep that passion alive and keep writing.

4.    Let it motivate you – You can either let rejection drown you or you can let it motivate you to dominate the next assignment you have. The latter is the only way you’ll succeed as a writer. Channel your frustration and disappointment into creating an awesome piece and remember that no one got anywhere in life by giving up.

5.    Remember that everyone suffers from rejection – Some of the greatest writers of all times suffered from round after round of rejection before finally getting their big break. This personifies what it takes to succeed in the writing industry: dedication, hard work and persistence.

As with anything in life, you can take rejection one of two ways: you can let it define you or you can let it motivate you. Use it to push yourself forward and to grow as a writer. Success will come when you least expect it.

How do you turn rejection positive?

About the Author: Kate Croston is a freelance writer who holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing home internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to:  katecroston.croston09 @

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