Ruth May

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Rejection and criticism are inevitable parts of being a writer. No matter how good your writing is, you will always encounter people who don’t like it, don’t understand it, or don’t appreciate it. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on your passion or let the negative feedback get you down. Here are some tips on how to deal with rejection and criticism as a writer:

• Remember that it’s not personal. Rejection and criticism are not reflections of your worth as a person or a writer. They are just opinions, and opinions can vary widely depending on the taste, mood, and expectations of the reader. Don’t take them too seriously or let them affect your self-esteem.

• Learn from the feedback. Rejection and criticism can also be valuable sources of information and improvement. Instead of dismissing them or getting defensive, try to see what you can learn from them. Is there something you can do better in your writing? Is there something you can clarify or explain more? Is there something you can cut or add? Use the feedback as a guide to revise and polish your work.

• Seek positive feedback. Rejection and criticism can discourage, especially if they come from people you respect or admire. But they are not the only voices that matter. You should also seek positive feedback from people who support you and appreciate your writing. Find a writing group, a mentor, a friend, or a family member who can give you honest and constructive praise. Listen to their compliments and let them boost your confidence and motivation.

• Keep writing. The most important thing to do when you face rejection and criticism is to keep writing. Don’t let the fear of failure or judgment stop you from pursuing your passion and expressing your voice. Writing is a skill that practice and perseverance can only improve. The more you write, the better you will get, and the more chances you will have to find your audience and achieve your goals.