Writing Glitch #361

Today’s glitch:


I see no way to save this one without changing much of it.

Never write an unique. The ‘an with vowels and a with consonants’ rule applies only to vowels that are pronounced as vowels: you’d say an umbrella, but you’d say a unique umbrella.

I doubt the writer meant to say the character literally becomes the person whose clothes they wear. If the writer did mean that, the writer needs to think about it more until they realize this is nonsense. (Even if you have someone else’s appearance, personality, memories, etc., you’re not that person. You could have their exact genetic code, too, and still not be them.)

You have a unique ability. When wearing someone else’s clothes, you mimic that person’s appearance and personality perfectly. You collect personas by buying clothes in secondhand shops, but up until now, it was just a game for you. Then you find something very special.


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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