10 Lies to Stop Telling Yourself After a Rejection

2. “The more rejections I get, the less likely I am to succeed.” The opposite is probably true, actually. 

1. “They rejected me because they don’t like me.” It’s more than likely not personal at all.

2. “The more rejections I get, the less likely I am to succeed.” The opposite is probably true, actually.

3. “I’m a bad writer and I’ll never get better.” Anyone can improve with effort and time.

4. “Nothing I write will ever be good enough.” Not true!

5. “No one ever has anything good to say about my writing.” You might be focusing too much on the negative.

6. “There are too many writers, I’ll never be able to stand out.” Lies!

7. “I’m not good at this kind of writing.” Not necessarily. Sometimes certain pieces just don’t fit with certain publications — it doesn’t automatically mean they’re “bad.”

8. “I’m not trying hard enough.” Says who?!

9. “I’m doing everything wrong.” You may have more to learn, but that doesn’t mean you’re doing nothing right.

10. “I’m running out of time.” You’re not! You’re taking all the time you need.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.


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4 thoughts on “10 Lies to Stop Telling Yourself After a Rejection

  1. How’d you know I needed this post today? Just received a rejection from a journal yesterday–really had my fingers crossed for that one. But, it was a tiered rejection, so I’ll try them again sometime. It really is a numbers game!

  2. I’ve got so many rejection slips I could paper a wall with them. But every once in a while, you get a letter from the editor who basically says nothing against you, and then gives you pointers on how to make it better. Now those are the one’s I treasure.

  3. Meg I have a question that I have been wondering about.
    If you choose to self-publish with Amazon, can you still send your already published manuscript to publishing agencies, or will that be a huge NO-NO to them?

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