Why We’re So Scared of Being Told ‘No’

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog on why we (as writers) are so scared of being told ‘no’.

Meg Dowell Writes


It’s the word we fear. The word that haunts us, that reminds us we, in some capacity, did not succeed.

Some of us have heard it a thousand times.

Others may be hearing it for the first time.

A veteran writer is no stranger to the term. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t affected deeply by it.

A newcomer may struggle even more to wrap their heads around the fact that they took the time to write something, and it all feels meaningless now.

For many, the possibility alone of rejection in any form is enough to never bother trying.

That breaks my heart.

As someone whose writing has been rejected countless times — hello, welcome to publishing, may I take your tears? — I know it hurts. I legitimately sat on my bathroom floor and cried for 20 minutes last week because a publication said “nah.” It’s completely…

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