Ok y’all, this will be the last link up for the year. Next week is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, and then there would be one more link up after before my December writing break; however, I really need to get this rebranding done before December so I am going to make this the last Writer Wednesday post until 2018. If I am totally honest, that makes me sad. I really enjoy doing the Writer Wednesday link up, and I am so glad I started it, the thing is I still have a list of 2017 goals to complete and I really want to complete them. I am here left wondering where has this year gone? I am not sure, but I will say it’s been a blessed year and I am so thankful to have had everyone one of you join me on this writing journey. I am praying and planning new things for 2018 – Lord willing – that will empower you as a writer!
Recommended Reading for the Writer: Rejection Proof by Jia Jang
Speaking of empowerment, I have been listening to an audiobook titled Rejection Proof by Jia Jang and it is truly a wonderful read. I have actually have written a Bible Study on the topic of Rejection, but this book has given me even more to think about the topic of rejection. The reason I wanted to share this book with you all is because I think a lot of writers struggle with the fear or rejection, especially when it comes to self-publishing a book, and also when they want to submit their manuscript to a literary agent or a publishing company. I know for me, when I started writing books and publishing them I had to overcome my fear of rejection in a big way – that’s why I wrote a Bible Study about the topic – which helped me to learn and grow through this process. But there have been many times when I just wanted to delete books without moving forward with publishing them. I know when I wrote Breaking Pride I posted on Facebook that I was going to delete my book and I had a lot of people encourage me not to. I am so glad they did because that book was something I needed to write and it has blessed many others, too. But what I love about the book Rejection Proof by Jia Jang – and what I believe really makes it stand out from the crowd – is that not only does it talk about the fear of rejection and what that looks like, but the author also talks about the lessons he has learned when it comes to rejection and how to negotiate your way to possibly NOT getting a rejection in the process.
This book is also funny because his approach to overcoming rejection is where he challenges himself to be rejected for 100 days straight. The funny part, is as he is making these crazy requests that he is expecting to be rejected from he actually starts having people take him up on his offers and that surprises him.
But one main lesson I think all everyone – including writers – need to understand about rejection is that it’s more about the person doing the rejecting than it is about you. It’s true! In this book he talks about how the way people are raised, and the social factors come into play as to whether or not people are inquisitive and willing, or able, to say YES to your requests. He actually takes time within the book to talk about authors being rejected and how a lot of the most well-known authors out there were rejected a lot – sometimes well over hundreds of times! SO just because you get a rejection for your book, or someone doesn’t “like” your blog post, it truly says more about them than it does about you. Sometimes it’s because people don’t have the resources to say yes.
For example: There are a lot of things online wanting us to click, buy, read, and give them our attention. It’s difficult to stand out among the crowd. Everyone is limited in their resource called TIME, so sometimes people don’t support your writing or your book because they just don’t have the time to do so.
What a great nugget of truth to remember when we are feeling rejected – rejection says more about the person doing the rejection than the person being rejected. I think that’s the difficult part about rejection, we take it personally and we feel like it is a reflection of our qualifications, and whether or not we are “good enough.” So, I really recommend buying and reading (or listening) to this book if you are a writer, or if you are someone who struggles with the fear of rejection. God has been speaking to my heart a lot about not living with the fear of man, and really all that is the fear of rejection of those around us. But if we are believers, and writers, then we can lean on God to help us overcome our fear of rejection.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a happy holidays! I will keep this link up open for the rest of the year so be sure to link up all your recent blog posts here, I can’t wait to read through them! See you in 2018!
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