It's easy to get down in this writing business. In the last week I've had a few acceptances and a few rejections. I went from elated to bummed and back up and down again. I suppose that perhaps when you are a seasoned freelancer, you take the rejections in stride. But right now, I just think, "That was a waste of precious time writing that piece. I could have been writing something that would sell." But then I catch myself and think, "But if you don't take a chance, how will you ever climb to higher heights?
I don't have any solutions. I just have to not let myself get so discouraged that I give up. Did you ever consider the word "discouraged"? We use it so easily and we think we know what it means. But if you take it apart, "dis" means "without" and of course you know what courage is. So discouraged = without courage. Somehow being without courage sounds more defeated than "discouraged." When I hear "without courage", I want to stand up, brush myself off and leap out of my discouraging hole. I want to prove "them" wrong. I want to write my head off (well not completely off...that would be gross). I want to do it all. And I think I can!