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    I'm technically a newbie in that I just signed up, but I've visited the AW boards for years, read almost all the FAQs and tips, and found them so so helpful. Even though you all don't know me, I feel like I know you! Thank you for allowing me to lurk anonymously for free for all this time. My official sign-up and humble contribution today is long overdue.

    Even though I'm relatively social, since I write for a living, I tend to avoid writing at all for fun. I'm terrible at Facebook, Twitter, and I can ignore email like nobody's business. (I love to read it all though!)

    What led me to finally take the plunge here now is that today was horrible. The kind of rip-your-heart-out horrible that only other writers could understand. I've been a published writer for years, I've had success and failure, but sometimes the rejection just feels *so* personal.

    In short: I need hugs. Hugs from people who understand how it feels. In return, I promise to stop hiding and hug back.

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    Huge hugs to you. Everyone who does this for a living totally knows where you're at right now. Hang in there, though, okay?
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    Hi ScotsGirl,

    Welcome as an official member - from a new Newbie.

    A hug from from 12,000 miles away and may the hugs keep coming to put a smile on your face.

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    *huge bear hug*

    Welcome! You've done the right thing. You already know, I'm sure, this board is full of some of the most caring, compassionate writers you'll ever meet.

    Don't let the rejection get you down. You're a writer. You're published. From my point of view you've already done so much. You should be proud of yourself. Rejection is part of the business. It is heart breaking. It hurts. Fortunately, you're a talented word-goddess and you are in command of your own part of the writing universe. You're going to be okay.

    In the mean time, get all the hugs you can and if you like, go tour the rejection and dejection thread. It always makes me feel a little better. I suppose its a misery loves company thing, but its nice to feel like you aren't the only one.

    It gets better. It does. You wouldn't be published if you weren't already recognized as a wonderful talent. I have faith in you.

    *hugs again*

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    Many hugs on your unhappy day.

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    I'm sorry ScotsGirl. Sending all of my warmest hugs your way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Write_Askew View Post
    *huge bear hug*

    Welcome! You've done the right thing. You already know, I'm sure, this board is full of some of the most caring, compassionate writers you'll ever meet.
    Thank you all so very much! Your words of encouragement meant the world to me. I think I'm ready to go back and tackle this project again!

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    That's the spirit!

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