Proofreading Tips & Tricks

As a writer, it is important to proofread your work. Sometimes, that may be more difficult for others, like Kristen. There are different tips and tricks that every writer uses to catch all the mistakes. So this tip, is just that. Her tips for proofreading.

First

There is something that most writers automatically do wrong when writing. It is important to identify these trends and take note of it. The trend could be misspelling a word, misplacing commas, or  it may be writing:

  • You instead of Your or You’re
  • Mixing up There, Their, & They’re
  • Your instead of You’re & More

Next

Once you recognize the errors you make often, began catching it as you write. When you start to do this, it becomes a habit and gives you extra time when proofreading to catch the most difficult issues. Once you begin proofreading, you find that reading the text backwards allows you to catch most of the grammar and spelling mistakes. This is because you are not reading in a flow and the mind does not start to read it correctly.

Last

After you finish reading the document, briefly look at the errors that the spellchecker has. Determine if those changers are necessary or not. Then you are done. However, if you are not under a deadline, set the text aside and come back to it a couple hours later for a one more read through. It never hurts.

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