I have a story that has been rejected fourteen times. I still send it out because I believe in it, and others in my writers’ groups have liked it.
Here’s another reason why you should keep trying:
Write a lot. Here’s why:
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Do you know Chet Williamson? He’s a writer I’d like to be. He has written humor for The New Yorker and he writes wonderful dark humor. I’m only familiar with his short stories, but he’s a novelist who’s done well-received media-tie-in work. Have a look at him: