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Welcome Rejection

Having work turned down is one of the hardest aspects of the writing life. But you can learn from it, and move on, with Sophie Beal’s advice

Rejection sucks. I don’t know anybody who enjoys it. However, it is an almost inevitable part of the writing life. This article is about how to prepare yourself for it, survive the initial blow and move on to write another day.

Short stories

Short stories are deceptively hard to write. Sometimes it’s a matter of selecting the right publication. Another magazine or literary journal may appreciate your achievement. If they don’t, as soon as you can see the point of living/continuing to write, start a new project. The old one may have taken weeks or even months to produce. It may now feel like a complete waste of time, but you will have learnt something by writing it. Ray Bradbury famously advised people to: ‘Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.’

Seek critique. Absorb any feedback you receive. Understanding why you’ve been rejected and what you can improve will help you move on. So does having something new to submit and knowing it wasn’t your only opportunity to see your name in print.

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In the new issue, you can discover ten ways to make yourself more publishable, and learn how to bounce back from one of the hardest, yet most inevitable experiences for a writer – rejection. Also in August's WM, explore the philosophy of crime and the real Venice with bestselling crime writer Donna Leon in our star interview, check out £13,300 in writing prizes waiting to be won, and keep up to date with all the latest opportunities to get into print.