How Focusing on “Inchstones” Can Help Writers Stay Motivated After Facing Rejection

There are many points in the writing and publishing process where writers may encounter rejection, making it difficult to stay motivated and excited about a book project. Goal-setting is one way writers can stay on track to get to the finish, and there are important milestones writers can reach throughout the process such as completing the first draft by a specific date. But, sometimes writers find these milestones to be too big and daunting.

Instead of setting milestone goals to stay motivated, author Angela Marie Hutchinson recommends authors set "inchstone" goals. These are the daily things that are within your control. She believes this will improve your progress and mental state. Hutchinson also encourages writers to move past the rejections and go after their "Yes!". If you sit back and wait for it come, it may not come at all.

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