We’ve all been there. The loser spot.
Getting there is easy. Getting out of there…not so much.
But to my mind, a key part of living a full and happy life is finding the good in every experience. Turn a loss into a win? Uh-huh.
I know. I know. I’m sounding cliche. I almost stopped myself from writing this post, but then I thought–what the heck. If even one reader out there is feeling crappy because they just landed on their ass in the loser box and I can make them feel better, it’s worth saying my piece. So here is my attempt at giving encouragement.
As my regular readers know I enter writing contests to get my work out there and to garner feedback. When I final it feels great. Let’s call that a win. When I don’t, I lick my wounds.
In looking over my wins and losses in this arena I recognize that in many cases I learned more from my losses than my wins. There were reasons judges scored me lower than I would have liked them to and studying their comments has vastly improved my craft. You could say that losing was the best thing that could have happened for me.
What brought this all on? I didn’t final in the Virginia RWA contest. The judges comments were almost all positive. They liked the story. So what did I learn? 1) to put a hyphen in thirty-five, 2) to not put an extra ‘ after didn’t 3) how to spell Navy SEAL and CIA properly and most importantly 4) that one of them had trouble believing a small incident. I’ve made the spelling changes and rewritten that incident to make it more believable. It was bothering me too. I call that a win.
And when I win I like to celebrate. The lobster sushi was divine.
How about you? Do you have memorable losses?