It’s been really rough this past month. I had a series of rejections that happened recently that were particularly hurtful and difficult to deal with. I’m having a lot of trouble getting over it, and it’s been eating away at me in a destructive manner. I feel desperate for even the smallest shred of good news right now.
In my experience, it seems that there are many different kinds of rejections. There are the ones that I expect, (like when I apply for the Guggenheim every year) ones that I feel indifferent about, and then there are the ones that really hurt, a lot. I have a section in my book about rejection, how to deal with it, and how important it is as an artist to recognize that rejection happens to everyone. It’s killing me because I know that I should be taking my own advice in this situation, and moving on to other things, but I’m having a really hard time doing that right now. I’d like to be able to say that I’m tough enough and seasoned enough to be able to get through this, but I feel beaten down. I’m trying to tell myself that I have bigger fish to fry (my book), but it’s meager consolation for how I feel right now.
How do you deal with rejection? What would you recommend I do?