Advice for Writers Anxious of Rejection


I know of no level of success where writers stop getting rejected (and stop at least occasionally feeling bummed about it). People generally make more noise about publications than rejections, the same way people mostly share pictures of happy moments on Facebook, making their sad moments invisible.

Rejection stings. Writing is hard. How do writers keep writing when the world seems aimed at robbing you of motivation? In the latest installment of Electric Literature’s “The Blunt Instrument,” Elisa Gabbert offers some words of consolation for the worried writer.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →