“Rejection” is such a hurtful word. It’s like a blow to your ego – your pride, and if you’re a writer it can tarnish your very spirit. But “rejection” can also be a call to arms – to be tenacious – fearless – determined – to improve and continue – no matter what.
So, choose whatever definition you wish. You can either wear “rejection” as a badge to keep you determined to succeed; or you can wallow in rejection and surrender to it.
I choose to improve… and continue to accept “rejection” as validation for my writing, and someday … I will look upon “rejection” and smile at all the word has caused me to accomplish.