I received a(nother) rejection last week for a novella I'm trying to find a publishing home for. Even though we were on vacation with limited internet access, my immediate reaction was to figure out where I should submit it next. The moment I had an opportunity, I went ahead and completed the submission.
As I reflected on that gut reaction to send the story out again right away, I realized that's pretty much how I always have handled setbacks. Depending on the circumstances and level of disappointment, I might take a little time to grieve, but my preference is to jump ahead and try to move on before I can even really process the sting of failure. I think it tends in part from my impatience, in part from my tendency to way over-think things if I give myself too much time.
Anyway, this is a Your Turn! post, so enough about me :) Now I want to hear from YOU! How do you handle failures or setbacks in your life, writing-related or otherwise? Do you take time to regroup? Do you change your plan? What are your strategies for recovering and moving on?
See you next time!