Apr 16, 2011

N is for Never Say Die

First up, I'd like to thank Karen at http://karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com for giving me this:

I met Karen through the A to Z Challenge and I've loved reading her posts. If you haven't yet, check her out, you won't regret it.

I promise I'll keep the tradition going and find someone to pass this on to.

On to today's post, which is a motto I've worked to keep to almost all my life. Writers aren't the only ones who see rejection on a regular basis. Everyone's felt it at some point. But we press on. Rejection can never be taken personally. If we allow it to become personal, we destroy ourselves.

Rejection is simply the way we learn that this is not the right choice for us right now. It may be in the future, but for now we press on and look to new paths. So long as we keep our faith and keep working to better ourselves, we will find the right path in the end. The key is in not giving up. The only time we ever truly fail in life is the moment we decide we don't want to try again just once more.

Never say die.


  1. Clicked on your site from your Twitter #atozchallenge hashtag.

    True about rejection, but I think I've learned enough!

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

  2. Paul, these are such wise words. And thanks for the shout out! I do try to see rejection as a message that it's not the right choice. And try not to take things personally, but I'm a super-sensitive person and can't always do that. I will remember these words. Thanks.

  3. Rejection (in writing/submitting terms) can mean we've sent our work to the wrong editor/agent and maybe need to research the market more carefully. Or it can mean we need to look again at our work and revise it. I've experienced both kinds of rejection. But, as you wisely said, never said die. Everything, even rejection, can be a learning experience unless we let it destroy our faith in ourselves.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. You had me at Aragorn...
    BTW, TLOR is my favorite!

  5. Congrats on the award! You're so right, Paul. It's so easy to give up with rejection, but we just need to keep pushing forward!

  6. Joyce: All we can do is keep working, though, right?

    Karen: You're more than welcome!

    Paula: I think the hardest thing to accept is the possibility that our ms just isn't ready for publication yet.

    Bluebell: Thank you!

    Sirra: Hehe, no worries.

    Talli: Ever onwards, no matter what.

  7. Congratulations on your award!

    This post reminded me of a quote I saw from Thomas Edison:

    "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

    I try to keep that in mind when I'm struggling with the rejections.

    Thanks for the inspiring post!

  8. Julie: Thanks, and I'm glad you liked the post.