No one ever likes to hear that they fell short or didn’t get first place, but sometimes it happens. I’ve faced my fair share of rejections and though it has been disheartening, it is something that will happen and everyone needs to learn to face it; whether you are a writer, musician, model, or just a regular person applying for a typical job in the mundane office world. Sure, enough of it can get you down, but the important thing is to take it as a learning experience.
Some things to think about:
Take a step back from it and look at the situation from an objective point of view. This can be difficult, but it’s good to try and separate yourself from the situation. Maybe your qualifications were not quite at the same level as another candidate, but that doesn’t mean you were not qualified to begin with.
Think about what you brought to the table and how you could improve upon it. No one wants to think that their work is less than perfection, but especially in the case of the creative world, a true artist realizes that their work can always be improved upon. Most writers can say the same. I know I have looked back at things I have written and thought of ways I could have made it better, and famous authors such as Stephen King and J.K. Rowling have admitted the same as well. Never shy away from the possibility of improvement, embrace it.
This leads into another point: don’t give up. Just because you got rejected once, it doesn’t mean you should quit. Keep trying. Polish the areas you need to polish, and refine your craft. Besides, practice is an important part of the process. If you stop trying, you won’t get any further than where you are right now.
Hopefully I can remember my own advice. 😛