How do you deal with disappointment or rejection? As writers we are going to get some of each, as long as you keep sticking your foot in the door and sending out your work. Which, of course, you are doing, right? Right?!!
Anyway, I skimmed a magazine article this morning and really liked two of the points they made. One was to immerse yourself in something new and the other was to take a reality check. The third was wrap your mind around it. But, that sounds a bit too much like dwelling on it to me. If you dwell on it that cancels out the other two.
Still, I really like the two ideas. Don’t you feel better when you start something new. You’re learning and researching new ideas and have the satisfaction of stepping away and keeping going. So they didn’t like your great idea. You can keep it around for another try with another market or you can change your point of view or your angle on it. You can even toss it completely and work on something totally new. Develop a new passion.
Taking a reality check is great too. So they didn’t buy it. Does that mean you’re doomed to failure as a writer? No, of course not. You just had one editor that turned you down. It’s disappointing but not the end of the world. Move along, nothing much to see here. But, now you can implement something new, as above. These two things work together so well.
Next time you need to get over disappointment remember reality checks and new passions. That should keep you busy, motivated and writing.