on The Insecure Writer’s Support Group:
The short story world can be an emotional roller coaster, but it’s a fun, creative, and empowering experience in many ways.
The hardest part can be overcoming the fear of submitting, which is more about the fear of judgment and rejection.
Here’s the thing, though: a rejection is just a polite email saying the story doesn’t work for that particular publication. It’s not a personal judgment and has nothing to do with you as a person. It usually isn’t even about your story. Often, a story gets rejected because it doesn’t fit with that publication or a theme that has formed among the accepted stories.
Even if the editor doesn’t like this story, that’s a matter of personal taste. Someone else will like it. There’s no reason to keep that story from the people who don’t even know they want it yet, so submit…
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