How to Better Proofread An Article in 6 Simple Steps

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How to Better Proofread An Article in 6 Simple Steps

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Take your time and look at your writing with a fresh pair of eyes

If at all possible step away from your article and leave it overnight or at least for a couple of hours. Only then print a copy of it and go through your work line by line, marking any mistakes on the paper copy as you go. It is easier to find mistakes with rested eyes and mind but most particularly when away from the monitor.

The benefits of proper proofreading are obvious. A properly written, edited and presented text projects a professional image, gets you taken seriously in the world of blogging and ensures you are listened to. Taking the time to proofread properly is a worthwhile investment on any blogger’s time.

Check for grammar and punctuation mistakes

Pay particular attention to spelling mistakes and misused words. Your computer spell check will have picked up the most glaring typos, but it may not be able to tell the correct use of “their” and “there” or whether it should be ”affection” or “affliction”. If in doubt about a word get out your trusted dictionary and look it up by hand. The latest WordPress version also has a proofreading tool which can correct more than just the common mistakes. So use it.

Don’t repeat yourself

Keep a particular eye on repeated sentence structures and words. Your reader will soon get bored if you consistently repeat part of the same sentence. Regardless of the topic of your writing your reader will be grateful for a flowing style and won’t thank you for endless repetition.

Credit where credit is due

Make sure you identify where your facts come from. Not only is plagiarism illegal, it is also unethical. How would you feel if someone claimed your words as their own? Especially when you quote facts and figures, be sure to give credit.

Does this make sense to you

If at all possible get someone else to read your work for you. A person unfamiliar with the topic you are writing about will easily pinpoint inconsistencies or let you know where more explanation is needed. Another tip is to read your article out loud. It is easier to see if it “flows”.

Use a Proof-reading tool

No matter how careful you are, there are chances that 1-2 grammatical errors or spelling errors might slip in. You can always use the free tool like Microsoft Word or any other to proof-read your article, but the one that we find the best is Grammarly.



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Denise Streeter

December 30, 2018

Thanks for the writing tips… points well-taken. Some of them we already know and others are new but all worth taking in. Certainly these are all the things that we all struggle with on a daily basis. Thanks again.

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Pamela Hagan

December 30, 2018

I have been using Google Chrome for sometime now and found it very useful when composing an email or writing a blog post. The web browser underlines in red all the misspellings. Another pair of eyes can help much more as when it comes to the grammar.

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Tiffany Pierce

December 30, 2018

Here is another one to keep in mind when proofreading… make sure you identify where your facts come from. Not only is plagiarism illegal, it is also unethical. How would you feel if someone claimed your words as their own? Especially when you quote facts and figures, be sure to give credit.

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