Proofing and editing is in my future still, nonetheless this is good advice to have to hand.
I work with words all the time. I have to be careful not to gloss over my writing. If I do, I risk missing typos and worse.
Even with a clear focus, it’s bad enough. Your focus is on conveying meaning more than it is on uncovering typos.
But there’s hope. When you edit your work, go through several runs at the text. First, read for overall flow. Second, read for clarity. Third, read for typos. This should be your minimum editing route.
Editing for different reasons each time helps you to focus on the particular task at hand. These tasks require thinking processes that do not gel with each other. If you tackle them all at the same time, it’s like ineffective multitasking.
Read out loud and look at each word, no matter how trivial. When you read with purpose, you’ll trip over sentences that clearly need…
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