How to Proofread for Error-free Writing
Proofreading is the process of carefully reviewing a text to check for the correct use of grammar and vocabulary. By getting into the habit of allowing sufficient time for proofreading, you will greatly improve the quality of your writing. After all, what is the point of spending hours writing a compelling piece, only to lose credibility due to basic grammar faults?
The following guide provides a few simple considerations that you can implement in the writing process.
The first step
You should be conscious and careful during writing rather than relying on proofreading later.
Good things come to those who wait
It is very easy to become too close to your own writing and miss mistakes.
Be aware of common mistakes
Try to keep a record of mistakes that you are making so that you can improve your writing.
One of the best things that you can get is an extra pair of eyes to check your work.
Proofreading can be tedious, especially after having just spent time and energy writing. However, it is an essential step in the writing process that should not be skipped. Apply the tips outlined here and you can ensure that your writing is free of errors, in an efficient and pain-free way.
Written by Emma Wilson for EnglishClub April 2013
Emma Wilson is a professional editor for Cambridge Proofreading. She enjoys writing about English language topics.