I got my first rejection letter from the publication 'Jabberwocky.' I'm cool with it--I was expecting a rejection, and I'm glad I have my first one under my belt. I haven't figured out where to put it. Stephen King put them all up on a nail on the wall. Some people put them in shoe boxes.
Mine is just sitting there for now. I like it. It signifies many more rejections to come. But eventually it won't be a rejection. I'm shooting for about 100-200 rejections. It feels really funny because this is all just a practice.
A) I need to get in the habit of accepting rejection and criticism. There is no ego when you are starting out in the writing business.
B) I need to learn how to write.
I'm going to focus on my short stories and poetry through March and April, and then, come May, I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone and pound out my first novel. I have four options, but I think I've narrowed it down to two. We'll see.