Sunday, March 28, 2010

Brain Damaged Writer Strikes Again

Part of the fun of being a brain-damaged writer is the weird disconnect that sometimes occurs between my thoughts and my fingers.  Case in point...

Hell, Zeke’s library was almost as previous as my own.

I found that sentence while I was editing just now.  I know I didn't consciously write that, so what the hell?

Sure, I substitute words all the time.  Most of the time, I can figure out what I was trying to say from the context of the sentence.  For instance, I type the word 'what' when I mean to type 'watch' a lot.  Not hard to figure out what happened there.  But previous

:palm hits forehead with resounding twack:  And just now it occurred to me that I meant to type 'precious' - so this case was more a matter of finger placement than brain damage, but still... how irritating is it when you can't trust your own brain?

What about you?  Do you find yourself substituting words and not realizing it?  What's the strangest sentence you've accidentally come up with?

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  1. Yes! My brain does this all the time without my consent. It's annoying. However, I always give my chapters/scenes a good edit before I move on to the next scene anyway, so I always catch these within a day or two of writing them.

    I can't think of the worst (or any) of my bad sentences. If I can find one, I'll pop back in.

  2. I substitute letters more than words, but think it's probably down to my typing skills rather than anything else.

  3. I'm constantly typing things I don't mean to type. It's like someone else is running my brain.