Handling rejection letters? I’m getting plenty of practice.

All writers, including the very successful ones, tell of their experience in receiving rejection letters, and of how they should be viewed. Not as a sign of failure but as part of a learning curve. I suppose that very much depends on the tone of the rejection letter, and assumes that the sender of the disappointing response has said something of worth.

In the last few months I submitted several entries for play and short story competitions. I am never too disheartened when the response contains the word ‘Unfortunately’ if the rest of the letter or e-mail has provided something encouraging or constructive. Sadly, this has been the outcome of my recent efforts. What has made it all the more disappointing this time, however, is that three such replies arrived in the space of twenty four hours. That hurts. 

Nevertheless, with a new season of Slough Writers [ www.sloughwriters.org.uk ] meetings beginning tomorrow evening, I shall undoubtedly put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) again with a vengeance. Watch this space.

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