I'm in normal mode. I've not explicitly thought about recording a macro, but I make a single command change. I can now repeat this action by using dot.
I now realize it's a useful action to save in a macro to use later rather than typing the whole command every time. I can either attend to all the changes which need this command right now by using dot, or I can continue with editing and use this command later by saving it in a macro.
The latter is what I want to do, but the easiest way I can think of doing it is not easy - undo my change, start recording a macro and retype the command to make the required change and stop recording the macro.
What I've Tried so Far:
Recording dot in a macro doesn't work because it records the dot and not the change which dot performs. (For example, let's say the command stored in dot was
d5w If you start recording a macro and do the action via . expecting that it'll delete 5 words every time you run the macro, then that will not happen. The next time you run the macro it'll do dot and not the command
d5w. This means that if you made some other change after recording the macro - say delete 3 words using
d3w and it was the last change you performed, then when you run the macro it will delete 3 words and not 5, because it's just running