You rehearsed it and rehearsed it and you still forgot that line. Now we are watching you mentally tune out as you tell yourself what a bad moment that was for you. And Now you just dropped another line because of the previous mental beating you were giving yourself.
What do you do?
First, take a breath and stop beating yourself up. Ask yourself the following question: when you are speaking and saying something important, does it always come out exactly the way you planned it? When you are feeling all of the feelings (like when you act out a set of sides), is it ever just how you imagined? Unless the writer is sitting in the room with you (a rare occurrence), dropping or stumbling on a line is okay. Really. Move on.
Here is what we do care about: we care that you keep listening, we care that you continue to have an organic conversation with your reader while making character choices, AND you have to keep it simple. You have to forgive instantly. If something comes out of your mouth unplanned, it’s okay. We do not have a secret word accuracy scorecard.
If you make the choice that your flub cannot be forgotten or forgiven, and you are 1 page in or less in your sides, stop, ask to do it again, and do so. Don’t apologize. Things happen.
You will hear this time and time again in this blog, because it is so important to what we do: we are there to make you comfortable. We are there to help you get the job done, thus getting our job done. If you drop a line, pick yourself back up quickly- refocus and forgive. We aren’t keeping score and neither should you.