Everyone's writing journey will be different. It's so important to not compare your journey to someone else's.
Your journey may take you down a different path than your friends.
You will encounter different obstacles than your writing partners.
But in the end your journey should be enjoyed. In our business you get used to rejection, but I challenge you to not think of rejections in a negative way...Think of them as a step to finding your lighthouse in the foggy world of publishing.