10 Quotes that Will Make you Rethink Rejection

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Rejection is an inevitable part of a writer’s life, and as hard as it is to see a no as something other than negative, it is possible. So here are some quotes to help you face rejection with poise and grace, no matter how frequently you have to do so.

 

1. To be a writer is to embrace rejection as a way of life. ~ Dana Stabenow

 

2. Rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are. ~ Greg Daugherty

 

3. As a writer, the worst thing you can do is work in an environment of fear of rejection. ~ Carol Leifer

 

4. Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.  ~ Isaac Asimov

 

5. There’s nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself. ~ James Lee Burke

 

6. I love my rejection slips. They show me I try. ~ Sylvia Plath

 

7. 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.’ ~ Saul Bellow

 

8. There are two wrong reactions to a rejection slip: deciding it’s a final judgment on your story and/or talent, and deciding it’s no judgment on your story and/or talent. ~ Nancy Kress

 

9. Rejection is a writer’s best friend. If you are not failing regularly, you are living so far below your potential that you’re failing anyway. ~ Gregg Levoy

 

10. Writers are a superior breed. No one else can face so much rejection and still thrive. ~ Susie Smith

 

Do you have any words of wisdom that help you see rejection in a positive light?

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Have You Read Any Good Short Stories

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I recently reread “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu and started thinking about how many truly great short stories there are. Much like books, there are so many great short stories out there in the universe waiting to be read that it’s easy to miss out on some must reads.

 

So, I’m always taking suggestions. Has anyone read any good short stories lately? Let me know in the comments below.

The Snow Man By Wallace Stevens

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The Snow Man

Wallace Stevens

 

One must have a mind of winter

 To regard the frost and the boughs

 Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

 

And have been cold a long time

 To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

 The spruces rough in the distant glitter

 

 Of the January sun; and not to think

Of any misery in the sound of the wind,

 In the sound of a few leaves,

 

Which is the sound of the land

 Full of the same wind

 That is blowing in the same bare place

 

For the listener, who listens in the snow,

 And, nothing himself, beholds

 Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.