Nothing sparks my drive to keep writing and pursuing publication better than a positive rejection letter. And this one? It's the most killer rejection I've received in a long time!
Can you describe your unique writing voice? Does it take one word? Three? A paragraph? (Hopefully it's not that long) The way you write sets you apart from the sea of other wordsmiths in the world. Or it SHOULD.
Some rejection letters are better than others. And when you move up a category for the Writers of the Future Contest? That's a rejection you accept!
There are no two words more powerful for a writer than "What if." Regardless of the genre you work in, those two words are a gold mine that can produce an infinite supply of ideas - one need only sit down and ask.
My short story, "Glissando" graduated from receiving a form letter rejection to a rejection with a note!
Little steps still count as steps, and I am proud as hell with myself for these steps this week!