After hearing about the untimely death of Robin Williams, I can't help but think about depression and how sad and lonely being artistic can make us feel. I'm sure we've all felt it at one time or another. As a writer, there have been many times when I feel like giving up on myself and my craft. Often that comes on the heels of...rejection.
One word that elicits all the feels from anyone who puts themselves out there for their work. Staying positive in the face of getting your 100th "no" from an agent can be tough to swallow, whether it's based on a simple query letter or a full manuscript.
So, how do writer's deal with this without quitting and becoming a hermit? Here are my top five ways to keep yourself from giving up:
1. Surround yourself with writer friends. Not just ones who'll tell you what you want to hear, but those who you can talk to about how you're feeling. All writers need support and someone who understands about rejection.
2. Know that EVERY writer has been rejected. Stephen King. Suzanne Collins. J.K. Rowling. Ernest Hemmingway. Mark Twain. Edgar Allen Poe. I could keep going with the list, but I think you get the point.
3. Ask for help. If your rejections are all saying the same thing, ask a professional for help. Seek out a good editor to help make your story better.
4. Go to a conference. Gain back your excitement for writing and books by getting out there and attending workshops, conferences, or book signings.
5. Don't give up. Keep writing. Keep submitting. Keep trying. The fact that you are writing is better than NOT writing.