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How to Deal with Constant Rejections as a Freelance Writer

Updated on July 5, 2011

I am not a big fan of rejections. In fact, I hate them more than anything. But, I'm slowly learning how to deal with them, and get past them to get to that next big break.

I like to think of rejections as those stepping stones which makes writers better, or makes writers work even harder to prove themselves to others and allow them to make a name for them in this business. I should know, because I have had to prove myself time and time again against a lot of people, and I still do it from time to time. The one good thing about rejection, however, is not the fact that writers do not get the job, but the fact that the majority of the time, writers get feedback on what they are doing wrong, and get a chance to work on those defects.

But, my questions still stands: How do you get past rejection(s)?

The answer is not simple, and its not easy to explain either. The jist of it is simply this: You work on your writing and you move on. If one person does not like your writing or your technique, it does not mean that others will feel the same way!

It may sound as easy as just "moving on" from one job offer to the next, but in reality, when a writer chooses to apply for a job, and they do not get it, sometimes that rejection can be taken seriously or personally. The very worst thing that any writer can do is take rejection personally. I also know about this, because I've done it before, and it has not worked well for me.

When I started my freelance business, I did so thinking that it was going to be easy starting to work for others as simply signing up for websites and writing. Yes, I did the content mill thing, and I still do, but not full time anymore. That made me some money, but I wanted to be more accomplished and start getting my own clients. When I first applied for jobs online, I got most of them, but then there were those that would hire me, find defects on my writing, and let me go automatically.

This without a doubt made me feel as if it was me that clients didn't like. This shouldn't happen to others. Writers should take rejections as it comes. It will happen, but its also very important to remember that there are more than hundreds of jobs available online, not to mention content mills that writers can write for and get a small chunk of money.

Its also important to remember that every writer can contribute to this business in their own way. This is what makes this business so great, and why writers are constantly making money from their writing!

Have fun writing!


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    • Jessi10 profile image

      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      I agree with your comment! I'm actually working on a Hub about how to re-evaluate your career and freshen it up a bit! It can be hard to take rejections as a writer. I know many freelance writers who got rejected almost their entire year when they started out as freelancers. So they decided to stay and write for content mills. Soon after, they started receiving and accepting job offers online.

      I think rejection is normal, and writers should learn that everyone has had to deal with it..

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      I agree moving forward is important--but I also think that rejection, if it is constant, may signal a time to evaluate and take other steps--maybe not off the path, but maybe a bit to the left or the right--

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Everyone will experience rejection, even if they are not freelance writers. But to freelance writers, rejection either makes them or breaks them. I feel like rejection made me the writer I am today. I got so many "NO's" But, hey! I'm still making it. Each and every day! Anyone can do it!

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      dashingscorpio 6 years ago

      If one truly believes that everything will happen as it should then rejection is nothing more than a confirmation that you were not meant to be connected to "that particlar opportunity". Keep placing one foot in front of the other and move foward. Not everyone is going to say no!