“Although editing and proofreading are often mentioned together, they are two different things. Editing means improving writing to put a message across in the best way. Proofreading means checking to ensure the writing is technically and aesthetically sound.” (From 18 Things Writers Need To Know About Editing And Proofreading)
The process of editing and proofreading becomes even more fraught for freelance writers who often have to edit and proofread their own work.
Donna Radley, one of our regular contributors, has an explanation for this.
She says, “When you’re doing a high level task like writing an article, your brain generalises the simpler components of what you’re doing (like turning letters into words). This frees up ‘brain processing capacity’ for the more complex components of the task (like conveying a complex idea). This is bad news for editing your own work. Your brain is already familiar with the words, so it tunes out the details.” [Read her post: 3 Essential Editing Tips For Writers]
Dean Evans has come up with these 5 Common Proofreading Mistakes Bloggers and Web Writers Make
He says, “When blogging or writing for the web, speedy content publishing is often critical. So much so that it’s easy for bloggers and web writers to abandon proofreading to work with a ‘publish now, fix errors later’ strategy…. You can improve the accuracy and effectiveness of your content by understanding why mistakes creep in and why you don’t spot them.”
He identifies these five common mistakes made by writers who edit their own work:
Not reading the content out loud
Trusting a spell checker
Assuming certain words are correct
- Being too familiar with the content
Editing rather than proofreading’
Please follow this link to read the rest of the article with examples for each mistake.
We hope these tips help you to improve your writing.
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