11 responses to “4 simple steps writers can take to become better proofreaders”

  1. Rachel Ward (@FwdTranslations)

    Great tips, thanks Lise! I like the e-reader option for long texts myself, and will now have to investigate the second spellchecker idea. My proofreading mistakes always come when I’m rushed.

  2. Amy Morgan

    I use 3 of your 4 tips (and will look into the 2nd spellchecker). I always trace the line I’m reading with my finger. It slows me down. Simple, yet effective.

  3. Belinda Pollard

    Great tips. If a document is important, I always print it out to proofread it. I also use the “tracing the line with the finger” technique mentioned by Amy above.

    Great post! 🙂

  4. Alexander Tate

    I shall start using a second spell-checker.

    I read my writing out loud but have to remember that it is a proof read and not a performance. It also helps me to figure out if I am writing clear enough for it to be understood read rather than heard.

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  6. Veronica Lupascu

    I proofread all my translations at least twice. I use different methods, depending on the text, format, etc. Usually I use a combination of methods, but never tried an automated reader. Sounds interesting…

    Changing formats is also a good way to spot mistakes in a text. For example, converting the .doc translation to .pdf and reading it in Adobe Reader, or Adobe Digital Editions; watching the .ppt slides, instead of just going through them in editor mode. It works for me.

  7. Donna Talis

    ? “Reading your copy on a screen that different but still familiar and comfortable might help you catch more typos.”

    Reading your copy on a screen that IS different but . . .

  8. Vin Libassi

    Of course an article on better proofreading would have to have at least one typo. It’s like some unwritten law. Anyway, good pointers -some I hadn’t heard before.