Proofreading, Training the Eye

Hello again,
Say hello to Deborah, one of our loyal followers. She’s an editor, and I’m always fascinated by her writing tips and enjoy reading poems.

The following post is about the art of proof-reading your own work — tips that I think are very valuable to all writers. Have a read and see if you agree. Enjoy! 🌷

September 17 2016 (Showcase Reblog)

BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor

I have heard proofreading described as a talent, a science. I believe it is a learned skill. You have to slow your eyes and your mind down. See each word in its entirety, separate from the rest of the story, the rest of the sentence. But why, you may wonder, do you read slowly? If the wrong word has been inserted by spell-check or another software editing software and you’re only reading one word at a time, how do you catch errors in parallel construction and consistency? Spelling key words out loud can help, forcing you to look at each letter.

You have to read in two separate modes to proofread. One for typos or auto- change words from WORD or spell-check/grammar-check; and another read-through to make sure the facts are correct, like names, events, even descriptive passages. If the flowers along a path are beautiful red roses, and the…

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