And grinning as a first response to a bad situation is also something I wanna talk about. Because there I was about two weeks ago, scrambling to finish up a draft on Polka Dotted Platapus, which I'm turning into an animated movie. I had a group of people who were waiting to read it, and my writing schedule had turned into one of those things where you wake up at 6:00am just to get an hour or so on the computer before going in to work. Oh, and you take your computer to work with you so you can continue to write on your lunch hour. and then when you get home at night.
So basically, nose to the grindstone time, which is totally fine, I think an animated version of Polka Dotted Platapus will really kick ass, so that's propelling me.
The goal was turning the draft in that Friday. Thursday morning I woke up at 6:00am, sat down and booted the laptop up, and discovered a giant Yeti-sized plot hole just kinda hanging out between Act 2 and 3.
And the first thing I thought was Thank God.
Not the S word. Not the F word. Not the F-S word.
But Thank God.
Thank God I discovered this Jupiter-sized plot hole before I turned the script in. Thank God I discovered this Grand Canyon-sized plot hole while I still have some time in the day to fix it.
And I think that's the best takeaway of maybe this whole month (which included my birthday, by the way) When you discover a problem, your first reaction shouldn't be to cry, scream, or swear.
Just Thank God. Smile. And get down to fixing it.