When you’re almost finished with your novel revision, you must do the dreaded proofreading.
4 Proofreading Tips
- On-screen. Take advantage of the word-processor’s capability for spelling and grammar. Run any and all programs you have for Spell checks and Grammar checks. Of course, these are limited, especially at finding typos: The tall cheerleader was the hart of the team.
But Spell checks and Grammar checks are steps you shouldn’t neglect.
- Printed copy. Some writers swear that skimming a ms backwards helps them spot the odd things. Or, give it to a friend or family member who hasn’t read it yet. Best, give it to a grammar witch, who will find everything because they can’t not.
- Read aloud. Read aloud to the intended audience. I’ll guarantee you find places to edit not just grammar, but also voice. And maybe much more.
- Listen to a read aloud. You can read the book into a tape recorder, video recorder, etc. Or, you can try a free text to speech program such as Natural Reader. It requires a .doc file, but then will read your text aloud. The free voices are a bit rough, but still very usable.
Whatever combination of approaches you take, do not send in your mss without proofreading! You will regret it.
What is your favorite proofreading tip?