why proofreading need to always be doing by yourself
So, you have put the last point in your masterpiece of any genre. What should you do next? It would be nice to check and edit everything. But how to do that? This question will be covered in this article.
No matter what you write — posts for social networks, scientific work or a novel: the key to any high — quality text is thoughtful editing. The ability to edit your own text is just as important as the ability to write it.
Step 1. Let the text lie down
Very often, the author’s eyes are blurred, and he is not able to immediately find and correct all the errors in the text.
Let your article lie down for a while — and then it will be much easier for you to edit it.
Step 2. Read the text aloud
Reading aloud helps to catch many annoying mistakes. For example:
– Meaningless dialogues
– Neighborhood of hissing
– Extra words, etc.
Step 3. Make sure you have a correct structure
Typical problems related to the structure:
– The author didn’t finish the thought;
– There is no beginning;
– Repetitions of the same thought;
– There is no single composition;
– The text sounds illogical: the author did not confirm his arguments;
– The imbalance of different parts. For example, there are thirteen paragraphs devoted to one item in the list, and one sentence to another.
Step 4. Find unsuccessful offers
Correct or delete all suggestions that:
– Look too bulky;
– Do not carry useful information;
– They sound ridiculous and pretentious (for example, due to incorrect word order);
– Duplicate the meaning of the above;
– Full of empty abstractions;
– They sound too official or scientific.
Step 5. Check your dictionaries
If there is even the slightest doubt that you know the true meaning of the word, look in the dictionary.
If you provide any figures, facts, names, or geographical names, make sure that you write them correctly. It is very annoying when the author writes “Bud” instead of the word “butane”, or even worse — “Baton”.
Step 6. Check the text for literacy
Use spell-checking programs. It is clear that this will not give an absolute guarantee, but it will still help to identify a large number of errors.
The most offensive thing is when you mix up similar words: “colossus” — “colossus”, “campaign” — “company”. To avoid such mistakes, you can read the text backwards, by word.
Step 7. Put paragraphs and headings in order
Make sure that you do not have healthy paragraphs that make the text difficult to read.
If you are writing an article for publication on the Internet, separate the paragraphs with a line space and place the headings.
Step 8. Check punctuation
Make sure that you have correctly placed commas, dashes, and other punctuation marks.
If you are not able to remember the necessary rules, make yourself a cheat sheet and refer to it as needed.
Step 9. Specify links to sources
If you provide facts or quotes, don’t forget to indicate where you got them from.
Step 10. Print the text
Another good way to find minor errors is to print the text and read it on paper.
The Internet has given us writer’s freedom. Everyone can publish their own text, and the choice of sites is huge. High competition, the need for content and low professionalism of editors have led to the fact that the requirements for the quality of texts have decreased.