Rejection is the black curse in the writer's world.
If you try to discuss rejection with beginner writers or even experts, you'd understand that the topic is a little bit sensitive and it causes some discomfort.
If you've already come across rejection, you'd know that it sucks. If not, then be ready. You're going to get rejected and it would feel bad.
When you're currently writing your novel, all you keep thinking about is the glory that you will receive after the novel is published. You long to witness the popularity of your novel and how readers would react to it. You're not even considering rejection as an option.
As beginners, we have high standards for ourselves thinking that life is working in our favor. unfortunately, life doesn't work this way.
Look, I don't want you to feel discouraged or to give up on writing just because of one word.
I've endured the pain of rejection too, I know how it feels to see your novel get rejected by publishers after putting so much hard work into it. Maybe, you've sacrificed nights of sleep just to finish this novel, and to give it the chance to see the lights.
And then what. REJECTION? You must be kidding me.
Take a deep breath and relax, being a writer means you will be REJECTED. And yeah, more than once.
In this blog, I'm going to walk you through the familiar reasons why your novels might get rejected. we're going to discuss some tips to follow if you aspire to reduce the percentage of novel rejection by avoiding the common errors that cause rejection.
But before we begin, I want to make sure that you're not too hard on yourself. Take it easy.
Let's dig in.
#Write Characters With No Specific Goals
The main reason why your novel get rejected is writing flat characters.
Have you read a novel where characters feel tedious and useless? In case you did, how was your impression?
I would like to hear your answer, but I can assume that you didn't even make it to the third of the book.
Characters are the principal component of a novel. They can make it either animating and fun to read or boring.
We can prove that just by returning to our real life, you glow differently when you're surrounded by your best friends and the people you love.
Ask yourself a little question, what do you value the most about your beloved friend? They are optimistic? Energetic? Happy? Kind? Courageous? Then, rush a little test to see whether the personality of that friend would make the novel entertaining or not.
Characters are the core of the novel you're creating. If the characters are interesting, you'll produce excellent literature for people to read and remember. If not, then you are stuck in the sea of disappointment and wonder.
Creatin a good character becomes easy once you know to deal with it. Compare your story's characters with your real-life people.
Try to examine what makes some people different and unique from others. Their goals? Success story? Love story? The desire to revenge? The difficulties they surpassed to become successful? Their will to change themselves?
There are so many strengths that can make a person interesting. Thus, your reader would like to follow the development of that character to become a hero from zero.
I'm sure you don't want to write a character wandering through pages for no particular reason. It seems to be more like an intruder. Your reader surely doesn't want to see his regular life told by someone else.
#Submit The First Draft
If you've read any of my blogs, you'll see that I've discussed the first draft in so many cases. I'm not sorry if that bothers you because a first draft is a disaster. I used to describe it as something dangerous, and tricky.
As a newcomer to the world of writing, you would assume that a story is supposed to be written just once, and then you go looking for a collaborator to publish your work.
But as soon as you get rejected, you begin underestimating your writing skills and judge yourself as a loser and that you will never become a successful author.
Let's assume that you're attending an important conference and you're about to share an idea with folks. Would you dare and spell the idea before revising it in your head. I bet No.
It's a secretive discussion between you and your mind figuring out how to make the most flawless idea to share. You don't want to speak whatever comes to your mind and ashamed yourself in front of all those important people.
Those private ideas are messy, disordered, and dirty. Then, as someone who thinks very seriously about his future, you'll try to order your thoughts, clean them, and test their effects on others.
See, how much have we tested to reach the step of perfection?
The first draft works exactly the same way. It's a combination of your inner thoughts and your flaws.
There are no rules to follow or a pattern to obey. The first draft gives you the possibility to be yourself and to express your imperfections freely.
When I write the first draft, I feel like I'm talking to a close friend that listens to all my trivialities and won't punish me for the mistakes I commit.
As soon as you feel comfortable with something, be sure it mustn't cross your desk space haha.
DON'T EVER THINK ABOUT SENDING A FIRST DRAFT TO A PUBLISHER. If you did, then you're screwed.
#Write About Zombies.
Okay, that seems a little discouraging for zombies lovers or those who have already begun writing a zombie novel.
As a new writer, you must be following the latest published books, best-sellers, or even famous old books.
If you're serious enough about writing, you would have searched for the keywords frequently used by the best-sellers. If you didn't yet, then go search for it and tell me if you have seen the keyword "zombie"?
I bet again that your answer will be a big NO.
I'm not pretending that there are no good zombies novels. They're too rare.
Honestly, I've never read a zombie novel. But if I search enough, I'm sure there will be some fabulous stories with excellent writing skills. The only problem is that they don't get so much fuss. They're not recognized nor considered as preferred types of reading.
Zombies are fitted most in mangas, picture books, and movies. They need to be seen and felt. Reading won't give you the sensation of suspense that television and pictures provide.
If we observe it from the angle of the writer, we'll realize that's not even easy for a writer to write about zombies. Such a novel needs a lot of effort, especially when it comes to description and creative scenes.
Just imagine yourself converting a zombie invasion scene into words. How would you manage to describe all the running, the creepy sounds, the horrified faces, the fighting scenes? etc.
Just thinking about it feels exhausting.
As a beginner, try to make it as simple as possible. Write a simple story with an ordinary plot so you could get used to writing.
Humble editing could be one of the most contributing factors to novel rejection.
The success of a story depends on its coherence. And coherence depends on grammar construction.
Here, I refer again to the importance of carefully slowed rectification. Editing is a very crucial step, don't ever consider rushing it. Editing is difficult, consuming, and requires a lot of thinking and concentration. You would be in a position of chaos just because you didn't find the right word to fit within a paragraph.
Some examples of editing problems:
1. You're not landing on the correct words.
2. You are stuck with conjugation rules.
3. You feel like some expression doesn't work and have no idea how ta make it work.
4. You're struggling with repeated words and searching for some new dictionary to make the paragraph looks more elegant.
The sad truth is that editing has no solution but to accept it.
For better or worse, I not trying to knock your mood down, I'm just stating facts. I've witnessed cases of people who give up writing because they got rejected for the first time after submitting the first draft! And that's a dangerous mistake.
Don't ever underestimate the power of editing. Editing is the saver of the story.
To make editing easier, I advise you to work on it for one hour per day. Otherwise, you will be fully consumed.
Don't rush the novel. Cook it on a slow fire.
#Demande Something From The Publisher
That's another reason why a novel might be rejected by publishers.
You do realize that you are an unknown author, right? And that's a little bit sensitive. You still have a long journey ahead of you to be recognized.
Writing is a fun activity to practice for those who love writing, but you have to understand that things change when you enter the world of publishing and money.
For you not to be disappointed by the severity of the writing world, you have to understand that publishers need money, so they'd favor a well-known author over a beginner. Some publishers don't even look for the contents, they would accept a modest famous author's novel over your fabulous story. Yeah, it works this way sometimes.
However, publishers knew authors that would provide them with success. If you want to be one of these, you have to focus on stating the advantages of your novel, and its purpose. Why readers would enjoy it? Write a sexy attractive summary about the novel, and about you.
See, when you send your manuscript to a publisher, you have to be as humble as possible so the publisher won't take your message and delete it!
#Not Reading For Other Authors:
Nearly every writer had been a reader, at least famous ones.
My ultimate advice for beginner writers is to read. Read as much as your eyes allow you.
I can prove the importance of reading with a simple example. When you want to work in a domain, you search for experience. You aspire to practice as much as you can. You seek resources that's can be helpful.
When you're searching for a job, all companies demand EXPERIENCE.
Experience in the writing world is reading. As you read, you study the technics used by authors. The author became a teacher through the novel he wrote.
While you're enjoying the story, you're observing how the author is writing, how he coherently links words, the techniques he uses to move from one scene to another, etc.
If you leap into the world of writing without any piece of knowledge, you'll feel like you're narrating your daily life in a modest tone. That sounds tedious dud.
Related: Books to read as a beginner
#Not giving the story to someone to read it:
Writing doesn't work with shyness or sensitivity toward criticism. Another fact to admit.
Listen to me carefully. When you write, you write for others, not for yourself. You may be thinking that you have no readers in your environment, and you have no solution but to keep your work for yourself.
If not for my sister, I would suffer the same problem. But, I've got some solution for you, my dear friend.
You can beg the time of your mom. Tell her to read one paragraph to tell you her opinion about the coherence and the writing style.
Try to find readers on social media. I'm going to be always grateful for the readers I met on Facebook because they took their time to read my novel and alert me to my faults.
This is a great option because when you integer Facebook groups, you're dealing with readers, they won't have a problem reading.
If you preserve your writing for yourself, you won't recognize your mistakes. You'll stay lost in a sea of frustration having no idea whether your writing skills is good or not.
You will miss transcendent advice from people who could provide you with techniques to make your writing skills better.
Before you take the risk and send your manuscript to the publisher, try to control yourself through the eye of another person. It doesn't need to be an expert in novel writing, even one of your siblings and parents can do the job 🙆.
#A Lack Of Suspense
Storie's success depends on suspense. You can't go there writing a novel that tells the story of a simple man living an ordinary life like you're doing nothing but reflecting your own life.
I think you've already been into some tedious books unworthy of publishing. Maybe you wondered how the hell did those books even got published. They're such a boring thing ❓
Do you know why they are dull?
They lack suspense.
If you want to keep your reader stuck to the book until the end, you have to keep him excited about what's going to happen next. End every chapter with luring scenes.
"He shoots, but no one knows where the bullet landed"
I'm sure the reader will be excited to know what happened, who's been shot, who shoots?
#Flatter Yourself To The Publisher.
This is the most dangerous step a writer can do. No wonder your novel gets rejected by publishers after they realize that you're a narcissist.
If you do such a thing as flattering yourself to the publisher, you could waste a flourishing career in writing. When sending your manuscript to the publisher, try to be simple.
It's enough to send a resume and a photo if demanded. Try to restrict to what is required.
You have to understand that skills don't come with words, skills are what you have in that file. Publishers want to see your writing skills, not your flattering skills.
Flattering yourself is not going to make the published more motivated to publish your work. It is absolutely the contrary of what you think.
Just try to make yourself at the place of that publisher and you got the letter of someone who has high esteem of himself. It's going to suck. Personally, I think that what makes you a successful person is your modesty before everything else.
#You are a writer
In a another way, you're a beginner.
Don't ever think that you will be an exceptional case. Every writer had been rejected before. The examples are numerous.
Whenever you feel disappointed after rejection, try to aspire from the story of those who dealt with rejection before. Authors who take this cursed word as a motivation to work harder until they make their name in the world of writing.
Remember J.K rowling who wasn't going to publish her famous book series Harry potter if not for a coincidence. Remember Dostoevsky who was considered a loser in the period he was living in. Now, he is the symbol of reading.
extra info: Fiodor Dostoïevski spends all his life trying to publish his work, and whenever his work is published, it doesn't get so much attention.
Yeah, Dostoïevski wasn't famous nor one of the best authors in his period of living. Look at thin nom. It's been a long time since his death, and people still remember him as the greatest writer ever. The big surprise is that Dostoïevski has a low-esteem of himself in writing.
Let me live, love,
and say it well in good sentences
Let me give you one last piece of advice.
Don't let rejection affect you negatively, don't claim that you are a loser or you're never gonna make it into the world of writing. So many authors get rejected more than once, but they never stopped until they were published.
When you dig into the writing world, you'll understand that writing means rejection.
So, go and prepare a delicious cup of coffee and write ☕ .
Your dream is bigger than just a word. If you're really in love with writing, then it doesn't matter how much you'll be rejected. What you know is that you will continue the dream to the last breath.
Write novels because you feel alive when you write. Write because you love writing.
And remember that writing is a slowed process. It took time.
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