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Gigi Will Know: My work is always rejected. Should I give up on writing?

No! Instead, look at where those rejections are coming from.

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Should someone give up on writing if they are always rejected?

—Asking for a Friend

Dear Friend,

(Did I get it right?) No. This person should not give up. This person should examine the places they are sending work to. Is Person’s work right for the venue? Is said venue right for the work?

Next, this person should also take a hard look at why the work might be getting rejected. That is to say, if Person doesn’t have a workshop group to run things past, then it might be a good time for Person to find one. It’s really, really hard to work in a vacuum. If you’re not getting feedback from the places you’re – I mean, Person is – sending work to, then you need to be getting it from someplace.


Keep on writing. It only takes one publication to say yes.