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I have always been a writer. When I was in school it was considered “my gift.” But over 10 years out of school, I had gotten a bit rusty. I decided to try my hand at freelance writing as a side hustle. It’s been about three years now, and things have definitely improved. I still get rejections but not as many. Here is what I learned from getting rejections as a freelance writer.
Don’t take it personally.
Everyone gets rejections. It’s a fact of life when you work in writing. Even best-selling authors can get them in the beginning. So don’t get down on yourself if you pitched or even submitted something and the client wasn’t happy. Keep in mind too that on freelancing sites this is a pretty common scam and a way for people to get work for free. While you may be thinking your writing just sucks, you might need more practice.
Keep writing regardless.
The best way to get better at writing is to keep writing. I even decided to go back to school. Do you need to do something that drastic? No, but you might consider doing some reading, writing, and maybe even some online courses through something like Udemy.
Learn from mistakes you may have made.
If you made mistakes try to learn from them. Change your writing style or your pitch. Try finding companies that are more in line with your blog if you have one or any special skills you picked up before you tried working from home. Your past career may give you a niche you hadn’t thought of.
Sometimes it is just not a good fit and it's not your fault. Do not give up. I apply to things on a daily basis that I have sent straight to my inbox. I know I’m not the only writer doing that so I could be going against the best of the best. You won’t hear back on every job, or even most jobs. The point is to keep trying. It’s a numbers game. Don’t give up.
Rejection doesn’t mean you are a bad writer.
You might need some practice but that doesn’t mean anything. Writing is a craft you work on and perfect throughout your whole life. Artists grow over time. So do writers. Just go back to the drawing board and write something else. Strive to write every day even if it’s not something you post or submit anywhere. You will get better with time. This Summer I have been trying to post on my blog daily and it has really helped my traffic and my writing habit.