If you notice a pattern then you need to look for a solution. Don’t just always assume that it is them and not you. And remember, rejection is a part of life for those who try.
Do you feel the tension leaving you with each deep breath? I for one feel a tingling sensation from my butt falling asleep.
While it takes practice for your body to get used to sitting still for long periods of time. It is worth the effort since meditation is proven to lower stress levels. Also, it trains your mind and body to sit for long periods at a time.
How does that translate to you as a writer? Hmmm… I guess it wouldn’t if you write while moving.
Start with ten minutes sessions, one in the morning and one before you go to bed. Then increase them every two weeks until you become Rip Van Winkle.
You have many options too! Cats, newspapers, rejection letters…
I keep rejection letters in a scrap book and call it ‘The Book of Tears.’
I use it to look for patterns. To see if maybe it is me and not them. I could also use it for kindling, trust me I really want to, but that defeats the purpose of making the damn thing in the first place.
I could be more efficient and scan the letters into my hard drive, combine the rejection emails with them under a file and save them on cloud so I can always have access to them no matter where I go.
But, no thank you.
3) Blow Off Steam With Friends
Take a break with friends and make sure you have fun.
Forget about writing all together and enjoy life with the people that support you and your dreams. Don’t just use your friends for your literary critiques.
Be like the guy above and use them for pranks instead.
4) Read Biographies Of Famous Writers
When you do you will find that most writers didn’t have the glamorous life you thought they had. You will find that most writers had to struggle to find success.
Some writers were homeless at one time or another in their life.
The point is not to scare you away from writing, but to remind you that turning your dreams into reality is not easy.
Through looking at the struggle other writers have gone through, it reminds you to keep fighting for your success.
5) Experiment With Your Writing
This isn’t about giving up.
This is about expanding your skills as a writer.
Even though I love science fiction and fantasy, that doesn’t stop me from writing other genres. In fact, when I write in other genres I can bring more to my science fiction and fantasy books.
Science fiction doesn’t have to all be about lasers and robots. It can have romance and mystery as well.
Sure, you may discover another genre and find more success as a writer in it and there is nothing wrong with that. You aren’t abandoning anything. You are still writing.
And since you are still writing you may come back to the genre you began your career in as an even better writer. Because you can make a story have more that the typical archetypes found in its genre.
You can now portray a story in multiple dimensions because you can perform the art outside the boundaries that define a specific genre.
Wouldn’t that be nice?