| David Gane
The first step to surviving a fall through thin ice is not to fall in. It may sound obvious, but it's the stage many people don't mention.
Reading your surroundings is key. It's not just about a map showing you where the lakes and creeks are, but using your senses and having an awareness of your environment is critical.
For Ang and I, we had a story prepped and ready to start writing. Yet, I put the brakes on it today because I was concerned that all the pieces didn't quite work and made the story run thin.
I worried that once we got into the writing, we'd have to halt halfway and move things around until it made sense or else plunge into the icy reality that the story was a mess. Instead, we opted to do the hard work now, even though it meant not getting into the writing as soon.
We found it best to read the signs and know that we were heading onto thin ice. It gave us the opportunity to plan ahead and find a course that lead us safely to the other side, even it meant going a far longer path.