The blogger writes:
Even though proofreading might seem like a tedious task to some, I tend to think of it as the icing on the cake when it comes to creative writing as well—that final touch to perfect a piece of writing in order to make it even better. However, I've found that some role players and writers seem to lack the tools to do so, perhaps as a result of not knowing what to look for.I encourage you to read the article to get more advice under these subheads:
Also, check for typos that the designer (or you or an editor) has introduced accidentally into the "final" document.
Keep in mind that a spell-checker will only reveal typos and errors in spelling; while this is a good place to begin, more often than not you will have to go further than that.
- Use a spell-checker ...
- Double-check your punctuation
- Double-check your word use
- Look for missing words and odd sentence structures
- Check your grammar
- Beware of repeats
- Check your sentence lengths
- Read, read, and read
- And finally; read aloud.
This proofreading article is featured today, Jan. 4, in my daily online paper, Garbl's Style: Write Choices, available at the Editorial Style tab above and by free email subscription.