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Proofreading - reading between the lines
You may feel elated, proud at writing an original masterpiece, with all your dedicated efforts. But do you know if your writing is flawless? Is it going to appeal to the readers? In other words, is your writing proofread? While this article provides you with strong reasons on why you should opt for proofreading service, you can find many proofreaders available online through Google.
Writing flawlessly is next to impossible. “To err is human” an old adage is rightly justified, when it comes to the use of proofreading. Proofreading is required almost in ever field of work, where any piece of writing is required. Today proofreaders are hired at higher packages to check mistakes on web-pages, textbooks, info-graphics and everywhere.
Proofreading is the final step in the publication process that involves correcting surface errors in writing, such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Editing, on the other hand, involves making positive improvements to language and expression.
Proofreading can often feel slow and tedious, and can be downright painful for the uninitiated. But it doesn’t need to be. When you write your text, you pay full attention to thoughts and ideas and you read with an aim of grasping the essence of writing. But when it comes to proofreading, simply go through the text, word by word. Forget about the feel of the sentences.
Reading aloud also helps some in proofreading. Because when you read out words, the echo strikes back to your mind. Thus, your brain is introduced to the words twice. And it thereby helps in detecting the flaws.
Sometimes, reverse reading is helpful in detecting mistakes. When you read reverse way, you probably become more active in catching incoherence in words or sentences. It is because continuously reading between the lines is somewhat irksome.
When you proofread a piece of writing, make sure you do not hear other distracting sounds in your surroundings. When you write something you are into your own thoughts weaving them with words. So even if you hear other sounds in the background your mind does not loose connection with your soul. It is not the case while you proofread. The reason is that when you proofread, you actually are not indulged in any emotional process; you simply make use of your sense of vision, eyes.
To be a good proof reader, you must have a command on the language and grammar. Proofreading also requires a lot of patience. You have to bear monotonous “reading between the lines” process. It’s recommended by the experts to always revise your work at least twice.
1. While proofreading you must ask yourself who, what, when, where, why, and how when reading for content. Does the text answer all the questions you think it should?
2. Ensure that you don't proof for every type of mistake at once. Do one proof for spelling, another for missing/additional spaces, consistency of word usage, font sizes, etc.
3. Be careful that your eyes don't skip from one error to the next obvious error, missing subtle errors in between.
4. Try to do every step in procedures to make sure they are complete, accurate, and in correct order.