Dealing with rejection

I’ve been writing since a decade now. I have been able to place work in magazines that I never thought would publish my work. Really grateful for the support I’ve received from friends and family throughout my journey. 

I wanted to share my experience with rejection for other writers. Thought it will help. There are writing projects that I have abandoned over the years when I wasn’t satisfied with the way they were turning out but I decided to send out those manuscripts that I do believe in.
While I’ve been blessed with acceptances from journals, I’ve been having a difficult time placing my manuscripts (poetry and short fiction) with publishing houses for two years now. Sometimes it all feels useless and that the work of a decade can come down to nothing.
I enjoy writing and find it quite thrilling when I’m writing something. Before, I was quite impatient to have a book out. Now i know that things do take time but it gets very difficult to deal with rejection at times. Though I try to distract myself. You start questioning your self worth with every fresh rejection.
I’ve found that talking to friends, watching TV Shows, reading books, writing more  etc. keeps me going. Writing is highly unpredictable and you have to be prepared for the worst. It shouldn’t stop you from writing. Working on a second person narrative story at the moment(and it’s fun).
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michellewendydcosta

Michelle D’costa is a Mangalorean who currently lives in Mumbai and works for the literary company, Bound. She was born and raised in Bahrain. Her prose and poetry have appeared in various journals like Out Of Print, Litro, Eclectica and more.

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