|Resist and Persist, for it is NOT futile.|
Nowhere in there is falling down. Sometimes, that's what rejection feels like. It's something most - okay, ALL - writers know a little bit about.
Imagine approaching a door. Beyond the threshold is an expansive floor, freshly mopped with plenty of "Caution: Wet floor" signs all around. You know the danger. You know the risk. But on the other side of that ridiculous room is something you must obtain. And so you tread along, stepping smartly (i.e., writing your MS, sharing it with others for beta reading and critiques) but then you fall on your bum (i.e., feedback returns from CPs and beta readers and your story's not perfect, which you were sure it was, right?) You could slither back out the way you came or you could pick yourself up and keep going.
If you persist, falls occur again (i.e., you go the trad pub/small press route and begin collecting rejections like others collect stamps, or you can self-pub and find that the reviews coming in aren't all 5* glowing testaments to your writing perfection.) Maybe a fall comes in the form of sales (i.e., you check your sales rank and discover that you're so low that you wish the number was your annual income lol!!!)
But the important part is the second part, the decision to get up and keep going.
As writers, rejection is part of the game. Maybe not as much for one writer compared to another, but then, we each have our own back stories and comparisons may be out of order. As writers, we approach that door, look out at that wet floor with all it's warning signs...and we step out on faith, passion, word-love, whatever. And through persistence, we make it to that must-have objective on the other side, sore elbows, bum, uh, bum (lol!!), and all.
For those times that you do fall, what's a comfort thing you do to ease things in the process? For me, I enjoy chocolate, lots of it. Recently, I've taken to the occasional sherbet moment. Then again, I enjoy chocolate and sherbet when I'm happy lol!