Her point, and a great one at that, is how we get so focused on tough critiques to improve our work, that we sometimes forget to embrace the compliments we get as well. At the end of her post, she challenged us to post something about praise we've received. (Go read the whole post here.)
Rejections on partials and fulls can be tough to take, but sometimes a few words in a rejection can offer that little bit of solace, that push to keep going. Sure, maybe its a line, a form letter. But sometimes it isn't. And we should take some joy in that.
I went back through some of my rejections and pulled out some personal feedback:
Granted, none of these got me an offer of representation. But they did make me believe it could happen in the future. And sometimes, that's all we need.
- I love your writing, and the setting and believe you have a great deal of promise.
- I think you are a lovely writer.
- You have a fantastic manuscript; the details of the house and the intrigue are all fascinating – and it’s well written
- The writing is really hard to fault
- Your writing is confident and commercial
So think about the praise you've received, no matter how big or how small, and let it sink in. Let it wash over you and fill you with warmth and hope. And share your good news, the praise you've received, because happiness grows with sharing.