Writers need to have thick skin. I've written about this before, but it bears repeating. That's an interesting word: repeat. Real writers have to do this often. It's called editing. Rarely is a first draft, or first effort successful. Real writers scratch out, delete, rewrite or redirect until the piece is correct. We not only have to please ourselves, but in the case of traditional publishing, also agents, editors and publishers. It takes a lot of work, and there will be rejections. But, real writers press on. The prize of writing a book, having an article accepted for publication, landing an agent or securing a publishing contract is too valuable to give up. Real writers stop talking about, and wishing for, something good to happen and work to make it happen. "Stop the presses!" isn't really a valid phrase. Real writers press on so that the presses will roll out our work. Extra, Extra! The next bestseller may be just around the corner. Don't give up on your dream. Stick with it. If the story's good, people will like it. You only need one "yes" for things to start falling into place.
Greg is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has penned articles for newspapers and magazines and authored two books to date.