This past week I received three of those friggin' "like your writing, not quite right for this issue, please send more" rejections. As I yearned for someone to smooth my hair and say "there, there" in a quiet voice, the lovely Moonrat posted the website equivalent. Here's an excerpt.
"I must get published" fever hurts a lot of people. It causes people to do things in desperation that will hurt or limit their long-term options. My recommendation to authors--and I know this sounds much easier than it actually is--is to try to develop zen about your books. You write because you love to write. You continue to work on your projects, whatever they may be, because you want them to continue to improve. Some projects, however good they are, never need to see the light of day, because they've been stepping-stones on your road to self-development. They are what will train you to write the book that really matters.