This may seem like a very obvious post but you’d be surprised how many writers who pay to use proofreaders don’t use the basic tools available to them for FREE.
We all know a good proofreader is worth their weight in gold and should be used but you can cut down the amount of work they need to do and therefore the amount of money you are paying them. For the proofreader, this means they can help more writers because you’ll free up more of their time. Everybody wins!
- Use your spellcheck, obvious but too many people don’t use it and however good your spelling is sometimes just the speed you type at can cause silly errors.
- Use one or two of the plethora of grammar checking tools available, even if you only use the free versions it could catch mistakes you would otherwise overlook.
- Read what you’ve written, out loud. This picks up most mistakes when we speak we know how it should sound, you’ll soon find out if it works.
- Really want to be sure? Go through your book from the back to the front so you’re not getting swept up in the story, the writing alone becomes important.
- Read, Read, Read… and for luck read it again before you send it off.
I hope this helps and I hope it will save you some money although it won’t save you time but don’t you think if it’s worth having it’s worth waiting for?
Very good advice. Thank you. I especially like the idea of reading it backwards.
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It really works too, you stop thinking about the story & focus on the grammar. I swear by reading things out loud too.