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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 5

Fail Better

Rejection is part of a writer’s life. No matter how hard you try to do everything right, sometimes a project just misses the mark. In some cases these so-called failures are a result of things you can control, like the quality of your work or simple mistakes you can fix. Other times the fate of your project may be out of your hands and at the mercy of a fickle marketplace or a particular agent’s or editor’s taste. Writing is subjective, and sooner or later someone will dislike something you write. In this sense, failure is inevitable.

Some writers use these roadblocks as reasons to give up. They throw their hands in the air and moan about the injustices of “the industry.” This is a cop-out. Wimps do the work when it’s easy ...

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