Tag Archives: Proofreading

Proofreading recipies (or possibly not)

Some things are easier to check than others. If you can work through logically, and keep track of where you’ve got to, it usually helps. Sometimes a check list is useful, but for some jobs, ticking things off seems to … Continue reading

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Why there is no such thing as a quick proofread

Do people ever try to persuade you to take on a task by telling you that this job will only take five minutes? How often is that true? I reckon that a “five minute” job will take at least half … Continue reading

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Confused about beta readers?

Editors and beta readers are different people, doing different jobs. Some people think beta readers are a substitute for editors. You can usually spot that in the final product. Find out about the difference here. Visit my websites via the … Continue reading

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What a writer can learn from a room full of editors

Last month, the Society of Editors and Proofreaders met for their annual conference. ┬áHere is one delegate’s summary of what information a writer might have picked up at the event. Visit my websites via the links at the top of … Continue reading

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How do we read?

For the 55% of us who can read it, this is fascinating stuff. The piece of text in red below demonstrates how our brains take in the message, even if the letters aren’t in the right order. It also demonstrates … Continue reading

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Do rules stifle creativity?

Here is another post in the series prompted by media comment about Grammar Nazis. Some people argue that English was not always as structured as it is now, therefore the structure cannot be necessary. In Elizabethan times literature flourished. Shakespeare … Continue reading

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