I’m fascinated by how difficult it is to proofread my work. Why can’t my eye see if on the page instead of reading of – that’s not really there?
What does a ruler have to do with proofreading? Let’s call it the new tool in my toolbox.
When I think my work is ready to send to my agent, I print the final copy and read it, line by line, very slowly.
I place the ruler underneath each line as I read it. This forces my eye not to stray forward to the next line. The ruler stays in place until I’ve read every word.
Out of 80,000 words, I found five typos. They were:
– a missing quote
– a missing word (had)
– a missing period at the end of a sentence
– you’re instead of your
– color instead of colour
I don’t think I would have found the mistakes without the ruler. This may seem like a lot of work for just 5 errors, but I believe in sending my best work out. If I don’t take is seriously, why would anyone else?
Do you have any proofreading tips you’d like to share?
Thanks for reading . . .