Editing my own short story, and trying to figure out what I meant when I typed:
- He had very little time to finish his self-appointed task anyway.
Why would I use the word ‘anyway’ in this situation, it doesn’t make any sense for the character or the scene!
Read it once, read it twice, and suddenly the words change. I realize that I had seen the outer letter of of a three word phrase, and completely dropped the middle word. This is what the words actually say:
- He had very little time to finish his self-appointed task and slip away.
Oh. OK, that makes more sense. Yes, that self-appointed task is very illegal and slipping away before the guards show up is a good idea if you want to have a ‘rest of your life’.
Thank you, dyslexia, for using up five minutes of my carefully reserved writing time. I totally didn’t need my whole lunch break to finish the designated three pages, ANYWAY.
Can you blow a raspberry at your own brain? Yes, of course you can. Early and often, I say.