Why rejection hurts so much — and what to do about it

Psychologist Guy Winch shares some practical tips for soothing the sting of rejection.

You’ll never make all of the people love your book all of the time. Never going to happen.

There will be criticism. People will pick holes in your work. Someone will detest (not just dislike) your main character. Others will focus on grammar and pounce on missing commas, gleefully highlighting crimes against sentences.

Five-star book reviews are a great marketing tool. No everyone, however, is going to award your book five stars. It’s just the way it goes. And that’s how it should be: varied, different, balanced.

There’s no denying that stinging criticism hurts more than a jellyfish ever could. Nonetheless, the pain will subside. You will get over it. You’ll probably even heal stronger in the places that were broken.

It’s okay to feel wounded. It’s more important though to recover and move on. Keep writing and publishing your work. Don’t ever give up because someone didn’t love your book.

You’re stronger than you think.

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