Five Secrets Of Better Proofreading

This post, by Matthew Stibbe, originally appeared on his Bad Language site on 8/8/11.

 Proofreading can be a time-consuming task. Being a good proofreader requires being thorough and accurate. Letting even a few errors slip through the cracks can be a source of embarrassment for any writer. Since most writers do not want to let proofreading cut into their writing time, finding a balance between speed and quality is important. Using the following suggestions can help you speed up your proofreading process without diminishing the quality of your efforts:


  1. Create a checklist. Organize your proofreading efforts by writing down all the areas you will need to cover. A checklist can cover things such as grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation. Simply check off each item on the list once you have completed it.
  2. Do a preliminary read. Rather than diving right into the document, briefly read over it once before starting your actual proofreading. Make a note of what stands out and come back to it when you start. It will help guide your efforts so you know where to focus your energies when you proofread.

Read the rest of the post, which includes three more proofreading tips, on Matthew Stibbe‘s Bad Language.