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TOPIC: Choosing the Proofreading Strategy for Writers

Choosing the Proofreading Strategy for Writers 2 years 10 months ago #71

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Although it’s possible to become a successful writer even without impressive grammar skills, it could be hard to remain one if you don’t invest time into proofreading your texts. The proofreading is extremely important. It shows that you’re professional enough to pay attention to the details and it prevents the readers from stumbling upon errors in your writing.

Because believe us, these errors will be spotted if a person reads the text attentively enough (which you probably want them to do). Also, these errors could ruin the impression you wanted to make.

But how to approach proofreading if you’ve never done this properly before? All you need to do is follow these simple steps.

1. Understand the difference between proofreading and editing.

Some writers (especially beginners) might think these two things are the same, but they aren’t. Editing is all about analyzing the context and making it better. Proofreading, on the other hand, is about spotting the errors (both grammatical and punctuational ones), eliminating the typos, and making sure that your content is not simply good but also easy to read and understand.

Moreover, proofreading should be done at the very end, after you’ve finished your writing and edited it as well.

2. Don’t rush.

When you start proofreading right after finishing writing and editing, there’s a big chance you’ll miss something important. You need to pay a lot of attention to every little detail of the text and you’ll need all the focus to do so.

If you don’t have much time left before submitting your writing, try taking a small break before you move from editing to proofreading.

3. Distract yourself from the text.

Sure, you need to keep the context in mind to understand whether something is an error or not. At the same time, you don’t need to keep the whole story in your head. Your goal here is to analyze the details and focus on the errors, not on style – it mattered during editing but doesn’t matter now.

If it still seems challenging, try reading the text out loud. This will help you focus on the words and sentences instead of their meaning. Moreover, such approach can also help you spot errors better as when you proofread silently, you often skip some of them (especially when you’re tired).

4. Don’t rely on proofreading tools only.

Proofreading tools might seem like a good solution, especially when you don’t have much time. And they do spot some errors effectively, but they don’t spot all of them. Moreover, they aren’t able to analyze the content as deeply as a person can, therefore, sometimes marking some things as errors incorrectly. Some writers use the help of essay editing company as an option to make proper proofreading in short times.

You can still use them for an initial proofreading check, but always double-check the suggestions and proofread manually later. You can even try printing the text and proofreading it with a pen – there’s a chance you’ll spot more errors this way.

5. Proofread more than once.

If you do have some time before you need to submit your writing, you can try proofreading soon after editing. Then put your text away for a couple of hours and proofread it again. Then proofread it the next day.

If you don’t have much time though, still consider proofreading it for a couple of times straight away. Sure, you’ll probably lose your focus by the end, but this could still help you spot the errors you didn’t see during the first proofreading.

While proofreading requires a lot of attention (and sometimes more time than you have), it does help you become a better writer and make your texts more polished. So do your best not to skip this part and do it right.
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