Tag Archive - rejection

How to Smash 4 Roadblocks That Prevent You from Writing

Today’s guest post is by author Todd Matthews.

Fear is instilled in us, and, for some, as we age our fear deepens. Perhaps we’re so used to fear as a companion, we know it better with each passing day, month, and year.

Some of us might be afraid of failing, so if we don’t try we can’t fail, right?

But if we don’t try, we can’t succeed.

Whatever the fear, remember success resides on the other side. Think of fear as a mountain climb. The higher you climb, the more you’ll conquer. Once you reach the peak, you’ve succeeded in your challenge, and a sense of elation will rush through you. You conquered fear and smashed another roadblock. Continue Reading…

The 5 Different Monsters Hiding in Writers’ Closets

Today’s guest post is by Kleia Paluca.

All writers, both beginning and published ones, have something to fear. That’s because writing can be a personal ordeal, and everyone has their monsters.

As Hemingway said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

For many of us writers, there’s nothing as terrifying as baring our soul through our writing. We’re offering it up for others to pick apart and criticize. It’s this kind of lambasting that we writers would do anything to avoid.

You would think that we’d be done with monsters by now. After all, we’re not exactly nine years old anymore. But as logical and experienced as we believe ourselves to be, we’re still plagued by monsters of a different kind that freeze us in our tracks and prevent us from living life to the fullest.

These monsters are our fears, and we writers have at least one or two of them hiding in our closet. Continue Reading…

How to Process a Rejection Letter

 Today’s guest post is by Antwan Crump. 

You’ve done it! You’ve toiled over the illuminated white screen of your computer for weeks, months, years, or even decades. You’ve done the work. You’ve done the study. You’ve taken the advice. You’ve literally done everything in your power to complete that novel of yours.

This one isn’t like the others. You’re seasoned now—poised to take the literary world by storm. You’ve sent out query letters and curriculum vitae to strangers and “connections” alike.

You lay your head down and despite your sweaty palms, trembling fingers, and clicking teeth you manage to exhale and think, Job well done.

You may not believe it, but there have been hundreds and thousands of authors that have experienced those same exact things. The feelings of doubt and uncertainty hold sway. They’ve pushed through—as you have—and gotten the work done anyway. Continue Reading…

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