How to Proofread and Edit your own work

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Is Proofreading Important?

Students, novelists, bloggers and freelance writers all pen their thoughts and ideas to grab the reader’s attention or to get excellent academic grades. No matter how unique a topic you chose for your paper or what amount of accurate information and innovative thoughts you have covered in your paper, if it is flooding with the grammatical bloopers, typing slips, way-out sentences or you left the spelling to the auto-correct, it can shoo your readers away.

How to do Effective Editing?

Editing does not require any particular training or skill but practice. Your work is your creation, so do not let it go to a waste basket.

Proofread like a pro with these do-it-yourself tips on editing to improve the quality of your work as well as to avoid any embarrassment and disappointment

  • Start with a fresh mind, concentrate and start reading backwards to focus more on the text rather than focusing on the idea or story.
  • Finish writing your article before you start editing; if you want to add a couple of words in any sentence at eleventh hour be sure to check the whole paragraph at least twice to eliminate any inaccuracies.
  • Take a print of your work and use a ruler to emphasize on one line at a time.
  • Look out especially for the homonyms, missing punctuation like commas, periods, question marks, abbreviations, apostrophes, contractions and most importantly capitalization.
  • Cover different errors like grammar, spellings and format in different passes.
  • Check dates, quotes, links, tables, diagrams, references, cross references, title page and bibliography separately.
  • Take a break, breathe fresh air and do it again, ask a friend or relative to proofread it for you.

By following these simple tips you can give your work a finishing gleam and make it a fun read for your audience. You can also ask expert editing and proofreading team for their service.



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