Rejection. How do we writers face it? Some of us stop writing altogether. Others push on.
You’ve submitted your manuscript to the publishers, and it comes back with a rejection letter. You send query letters to magazines suggesting fabulous article ideas and they say they’re not interested! You write a straight-from-the-heart post on your blog and find no one comments.
We all need inspiration to continue. Here are some quotes from writers who’ve faced rejection.
Inspiring Quotes About Dealing With Rejection
“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’”
“I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long.”
“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”
—James Lee Burke
“I used to save all my rejection slips because I told myself, one day I’m going to autograph these and auction them. And then I lost the box.”
—James Lee Burke
“I’ve been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and can’t remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice.”
“I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.”
“If you’re not failing now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
“A good many young writers make the mistake of including a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. That is too much of a temptation to the editor.”
“As a writer, the worst thing you can do is work in an environment of fear of rejection.”
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
—C. S. Lewis
“No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer. One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with a certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.”
“I got a rejection letter from an editor at HarperCollins, who included a report from his professional reader. This report shredded my first-born novel, laughed at my phrasing, twirled my lacy pretensions around and gobbed into the seething mosh pit of my stolen clichés. As I read the report, the world became very quiet and stopped rotating. What poisoned me was the fact that the report’s criticisms were all absolutely true. The sound of my landlady digging in the garden got the world moving again. I slipped the letter into the trash…knowing I’d remember every word.”
“I wrote poems in my corner of the Brooks Street station. I sent them to two editors who rejected them right off. I read those letters of rejection years later and I agreed with those editors.”
“An absolutely necessary part of a writer’s equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.”
“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours—so enjoy the view.”
“Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heart break at rejection. You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.”
— Jennifer Salaiz
“I had immediate success in the sense that I sold something right off the bat. I thought it was going to be a piece of cake and it really wasn’t. I have drawers full of—or I did have—drawers full of rejection slips.”
As a writer/ blogger how do you deal with rejection?