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Do You Need a Special Hat for Writing?
I suggest instead that writers need a transformer shield around you to filter the words of rejection and criticism and translate them into words to better yourself and get to your goal. You want the negative words transformed into words that inspire you to reach higher. You want words, beliefs, and actions that enable you to grow in your personal life and your writing skills, too.
Just like a character in one of your books, you may have inner and outer conflicts that try to stop the publication of your work. Keep a journal. Write down your feelings and body reactions to the comments of editors and agents. Then put these descriptions into your writing. If your own and other people's negative words and actions are put into the filter and stirred in with God's graces and blessings, they come out in words and actions that mold you into a stronger person and a better writer.
Realize that just because one person says something bad, that doesn't make it true. It is one person's opinion. It does not make the statement a fact for you...unless you believe it.
One publisher says, "This doesn't mean our needs." There is a publisher for your story. It might not meet one publisher's needs, but there is a publisher for your story. Search and you will find it. Look for a publisher of similar books and explain how your book has a clever twist to it.
One editor says, "The market for this book is too small. We won't make any money on it, therefore we won't print it." There is a small publisher or magazine editor who will take a chance on your small niche publication. Look for ways to show that even this small niche will have thousands of potential readers. It can make more money than anyone ever imagined from it. Search and you will find it.
If a special hat helps you believe more in yourself, choose a hat. Believe in you and your stories. Believe in your writing no matter what other people say. Believe in you and your stories, especially when no one else believes in them. Believe in them, no matter what your circumstances are. Treasure your stories. Clothing may make the man, but inner belief, writing skills, perseverance, and determination make the story. Hone your skills. Keep writing. Keep submitting. You will be published again and again.
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