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Don't let rejections discourage you!
What's your favorite punctuation mark?
Rejections are a part of life.
Jot down every story idea

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Don't let rejections discourage you!

Never let rejections steer you away from your ultimate goal as a writer - to get published!

Too often writers (especially new writers) are prone to allowing one rejection to turn them into a Doubting Thomas, or even worse, a quitter.

Remember that one rejection is just one editor's opinion of your work. Be sure to submit your work to every appropriate market, giving you a better chance of getting published.

Learn to accept the fact that rejections will pile up, but all it takes is that one "yes" to make all your hard effort and persistence worth it!

What's your favorite punctuation mark?

Could it be ! or ; or :) or ?
...wait... one of those doesn't seem right...

I thought it would be interesting to find out if other people had a favorite punctuation mark... like me...

As illustrated above - in excess - is my 'punctuation mark of choice,' the ellipsis; also known as dot-dot-dot. I use it more for effect than its intended grammatical use, an omission of text. I like to include the ellipsis in my poems and short stories because it adds to the flow. It allows me to transition from one stanza or paragraph to the next, or to change the scene completely.

Rejections are a part of life.

I received a few rejections for my children's book, "Puppy's First Trip To The Beach" and for a short story titled "Presents." This is to be expected. It's part of being a writer, so I'm not disappointed.

Jot down every story idea

Story ideas come and go so quickly. Some get written down, but most pass through my mind and vanish, unwritten and forgotten. Some even occur in a dream I had. So I've begun writing down every new story idea that comes to me. Even if I don't think an idea is any good, I write it down and brainstorm it anyway.

When I go back and read through them, many ideas get crumpled up and thrown away, leaving me wondering,What was I thinking?!Very few actually make the cut for a good storyline. So I try to keep my ideas - both good and bad - flowing no matter what.
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