What other mistakes do writers make?
16. They expect immediate success. They don’t prepare for rejection. How few realize they have to build a writing career by starting at the bottom and slowly learning the craft and the business. So many things they don’t know about publishing can only be learned by experience. They need to learn the rules and then know how and when to override them.
The best writers develop their own style and sometimes call that finding their voices. It takes years for that to happen.
Being devastated by rejection is probably the biggest problem and the most difficult to overcome.
Napoleon Hill said it this way: “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
My favorite quotation comes from Barbara Kingsolver. “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address.’ Just keep looking for the right address.”
I’ll write more about rejection in my next blog entry.