Do you like it when someone shows you something, or teaches you a little trick to make things go smoothly.
I wanted to share with you a trick I learned many years ago and it still works on everything we do today. When you are proof reading something; read it, no look at it backwards. It is amazing how you can find numbers that are in the wrong order, or words that just don’t seem quite right.
Here are some websites that I found that will help even more with the proof reading, so that you can look good when you post your article.
Descriptions of What Different Types of Proof Reading Types there areWikipedia, can be a great source to hear what other people say about a topic. In this subject they compare different kinds of proof reading. Like the traditional kind:
“A proof is a typeset version of copy or a manuscript page. They often contain typos introduced through human error. Traditionally, a proof reader looks at an increment of text on the copy and then compares it to the corresponding typeset increment, and then marks any errors (sometimes called line edits) using standard proofreaders’ marks. Thus, unlike copy editing, proof reading’s defining procedure is to work directly with two sets of information at the same time. Proofs are then returned to the typesetter or graphic artist for correction”
They share alternatives, like Double reading, Scanning and making checklists. Here is prime example of why proof reading it yourself can have its flaws:
Primary examples include job seekers’ own resumes and student term-papers. Proofreading this kind of material presents a special challenge, first because the proof reader/editor is usually the author; second because such authors are usually unaware of the inevitability of errors and the effort required to find them; and third, as finding any final errors often occurs just when stress levels are highest and time shortest, readers’ minds resist identifying them as errors. Under these conditions, proofreaders tend to see only what they want to see.
There are numerous websites and blogs offering detailed advice on how authors should check their own material. The context is that of a one-time effort, neither paid nor deadline-driven. Some tips may not be appropriate for everyone, e.G., Read upside down to “focus on typology”, read backward, chew gum, listen to music, and don’t use fluorescent lighting. Others advise turning off music and TV; avoiding email and Facebook distractions; printing the proof on paper; checking especially for proper nouns, homonyms, apostrophes, contractions, punctuation, capitalization, and numbers; letting friends or colleagues read the proof; delaying between proofreading cycles; using a different font; and reading aloud.”
The Meaning of ProofreadingProofreading
“Proofreading means examining your text carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style, and spelling. Here are some tips.”Things to do Before You Proofread
• Don’t make corrections as you type if you still need to work on the focus, organization, and development of what you are writing about.
• Write it out and walk away (15 minutes, a day, a week) before you start to proof read. Some distance from the text will help you see mistakes more easily.
• Eliminate those words that can take you to a different meaning. See the writing center handout how to write clear, concise, direct sentences.
• As your writing gets better you will start to know what to look for. Make a list of mistakes you need to watch for.
When You Proofread
• A good point is to work from a printout, not the computer screen. (I will explain later….)
• Read out loud. This is really helpful for spotting run-on sentences, but you will also hear other problems that will stand out and show themselves to your ears. (Do you catch yourself speaking when you read on an article?)
• Use a blank sheet of paper to cover up the lines below the one you’re reading. This technique keeps you from skipping ahead of possible mistakes. (We tend to look ahead when we read. Who has taken a quick reading course?)
• Use the Grammar and Spelling function of the computer to find mistakes you’re likely to make. It will look for “it,” for instance, if you confuse “its” and “it’s;” for “-ing” if dangling modifiers are a problem; for opening parentheses or quote marks if you tend to leave out the closing ones.
Continue to the link for more tips.
A Proof Reading Guide
This handout provides some tips and strategies for revising your writing. To give you a chance to practice proofreading, we have left seven errors (three spelling errors, two punctuation errors, and two grammatical errors) in the text of this handout. See if you can spot them!
Here is an example of what they have to say:
“The proofreading process
You probably already use some of the strategies discussed below. Experiment with different tactics until you find a system that works well for you. The important thing is to make the process systematic and focused so that you catch as many errors as possible in the least amount of time.
Don’t rely entirely on spelling checkers. These can be useful tools but they are far from foolproof. Spell checkers have a limited dictionary, so some words that show up as misspelled may really just not be in their memory. In addition, spell checkers will not catch misspellings that form another valid word. For example, if you type “your” instead of “you’re,” “to” instead of “too,” or “there” instead of “their,” the spell checker won’t catch the error.
Grammar checkers can be even more problematic.
These programs work with a limited number of rules, so they can’t identify every error and often make mistakes. They also fail to give thorough explanations to help you understand why a sentence should be revised. You may want to use a grammar checker to help you identify potential run-on sentences or too-frequent use of the passive voice, but you need to be able to evaluate the feedback it provides.
Proofread for only one kind of error at a time. If you try to identify and revise too many things at once, you risk losing focus, and your proofreading will be less effective. It’s easier to catch grammar errors if you aren’t checking punctuation and spelling at the same time. In addition, some of the techniques that work well for spotting one kind of mistake won’t catch others.
Read slow, and read every word. Try reading out loud, which forces you to say each word and also lets you hear how the words sound together. When you read silently or too quickly, you may skip over errors or make unconscious corrections.
Separate the text into individual sentences. This is another technique to help you to read every sentence carefully. Simply press the return key after every period so that every line begins a new sentence. Then read each sentence separately, looking for grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. If you’re working with a printed copy, try using an opaque object like a ruler or a piece of paper to isolate the line you’re working on.
Circle every punctuation mark. This forces you to look at each one. As you circle, ask yourself if the punctuation is correct.
Read the paper backwards. This technique is helpful for checking spelling. Start with the last word on the last page and work your way back to the beginning, reading each word separately. Because content, punctuation, and grammar won’t make any sense, your focus will be entirely on the spelling of each word. You can also read backwards sentence by sentence to check grammar; this will help you avoid becoming distracted by content issues.
Proofreading is a learning process. You’re not just looking for errors that you recognize; you’re also learning to recognize and correct new errors. This is where handbooks and dictionaries come in. Keep the ones you find helpful close at hand as you proofread.
Ignorance may be bliss, but it won’t make you a better proof reader. You’ll often find things that don’t seem quite right to you, but you may not be quite sure what’s wrong either. A word looks like it might be misspelled, but the spell checker didn’t catch it. You think you need a comma between two words, but you’re not sure why. Should you use “that” instead of “which”? If you’re not sure about something, look it up.
The proofreading process becomes more efficient as you develop and practice a systematic strategy. You’ll learn to identify the specific areas of your own writing that need careful attention, and knowing that you have a sound method for finding errors will help you to focus more on developing your ideas while you are drafting the paper.
Here are some other pointers that they suggest:
• Get some distance from your paper or article!
• Try changing the format or font size of your document.
• Find a quiet place to work, so if you are like me and need to read it out loud you are disturbed by other things.
• If possible, do your editing and proofreading in several short blocks of time. Take paragraphs to see value.
This is a tool that will help with your spelling and grammar on Microsoft Office. It works with the Word program and Outlook. It is just the little helper in the background.
So, if you write your copy in one of those platforms first and then copy and paste it in your blog, it checks it over for you.
I found that it is a really cool tool that is free if you use it with Google Chrome. Or there are options for you to have it on Firefox.
Ok; Now that you have a new tools to help you write better; what else do you need but a blogging platform that is already setup and does the background stuff for you, so all you need to do is write!
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