Stupid Mistakes – The Write Side of Life

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Frustrating day at work today that I just had to get off my chest. The level of frustration is vastly too vast for a tweet or sympathy-fishing Facebook status so I thought I’d get it off my chest on my here on my oft neglected blog site.  It’s not really something writing relating but i bet anyone writing anything for a substantial amount of time will have experienced something similar.

So, at work in my day job (that one day shall be writing novels, OH YES! MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!), I’m using Adobe Character Animator to create some cartoons. For any of you that don’t know, Character animator is a package that let’s you simply create 2D characters and animate them, simples!

Well, simples if you’re not me and completely brain-dead and you don’t do one of the most basics don’ts of using the package. I’ve spent weeks trying to figure out why my characters limbs won’t move and its because MORON here made them independent from the rest of the model. I realise this probably means diddly squat to you, dear casual reader but I’ve been using this package for about two years now. I SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!!

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Arrggh its sooo annoying when I make stupid, simple, basic mistakes like this. Not only has it cost me A LOT of productive time, it’s made me doubt that I know what I’m doing and dented my already fragile self-confidence.

Now as writers, dear writerly reader, I’m sure the above emotions are familiar to you. There are, as you don’t need an amateur like me to explain, basic rules to writing. I won’t go into them as you probably know them better than I do but suffice to say unless you’re a genius like Stephen King, or some kind of mad rebel with massive balls made from a strange concoction of concrete, steel, titanium and a shovel full of don’t-give-a-fuckery, you don’t break them.

But sometimes, sometimes they come out at night, mostly (what the hell am I on about, get back on point, mush brain!), sometimes we forget these rules or don’t follow them out of being, distracted, tired, hungry, a combo of those three I like to call distiregryed. Whatever, we make mistakes that we lovingly, angrily call stupid mistakes. We then beat ourselves up over them, swear, curse, punch ourselves OR IN MY CASE WRITE SPRAWLING, RANTY BLOG POSTS.

But then we get over it. We take a breath, dust ourselves and we correct ourselves. We come back stronger like Rocky in Rocky 2, we finally beat the Apollo Creed that is our mistake (I realise this is a really laboured metaphor but my boss is listening to the Rocky soundtrack and Rocky is ace so deal with it).

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Anyway I guess my point is, if there is one, this. It doesn’t matter if we make a big mistake or a small one. We can always dust ourselves off, learn from it and no doubt are work will be better for it. So, get out there make mistakes and be a bad ass!

Thanks for reading!

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