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November 26, 2013

Careful proofreading is the courtesy we pay our readers.

Posted in: proofreading

Here is a trick to help you proofread better:

  • Take a post-it or index card. Fold in half, and  on the fold cut a rectangle 1 inch by 1/4 inch.
  • Open up, and use this rectangle to help you proofread.
  • Continuity keeps us from proofreading well.  We know what should come next, so that is what we see, instead of what is really there.
  • When you drag your post-it with the rectangle across your paper, you break continuity.
  • Once you have broken continuity, you will see typos, missing words, etc. that you missed before.

Your readers will thank you!


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