The Adventures of Antra Prinua is a monthly series of tips for entrepreneurs in storybook form. This month’s guest expert on proofreading is copy editor Teri Smart.
1. Read your work out loud.
While proofing for mistakes, reading your work out loud helps you to hear what you’ve written and catch any words or sentences that just don’t flow smoothly. It also helps to catch the missing words you thought were there but really aren’t.
2. Print your work out. Then read it backwards.
Proofreading a printed version of what you’ve written is like reading someone else’s work because it looks and feels different. Grab a pen and read what you’ve written in printed form. You’ll likely catch mistakes you didn’t know were there.
Start with the last sentence and read it from beginning to end. Then move to the sentence before that until you have completely read your document. Doing this takes your writing out of context and stops the part of your brain that’s memorized how you’d like your writing to flow from taking over and missing mistakes.