Many writers conference attendees get discouraged, take the rejection of their present work in progress personal, and quit. They go home and nurse their wounds, and some even criticize the ‘messenger’.
The workshop teachers and the agents and editors that take appointments and teach at these conferences are not there for the money. They are there because they honestly desire to help writers become better writers. So much better that one day you might become a published author.
Wouldn’t a much better response be to examine whether there was any truth to their critique? Is there room for improvement?
If you are a nonfiction writer, are your thoughts developed in an organized manner the reader can easily take away with them?
In fiction, does your character have a journey where they grow and learn something? A good story is not just one inciting incident after another. There must be one person the reader can root for, hope they succeed in their mission, or get the girl or guy they desire.
Don’t make me call you out. Don’t be the one that quits when they are so close to having something worthy of publishing. Be willing to rearrange, rewrite, or practice writing a little longer.
As Toby Mac says in his song MOVE: Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on / Move, keep walkin’ until the mornin’ comes / Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on / And lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet…