Tips for proof reading

  1. Use Spell Checker
  2. Start at last page and read back through manuscript.
  3. Use find and replace tool on wordprocessor to search for sound alike words (http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/mechanics/spelling/6/words-that-sound-alike)
  4. Get computer to read manuscript text aloud to you (Free software online eg http://www.zabaware.com)

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2 Responses to Tips for proof reading

  1. Ian Hearnden says:

    Glad you’ve got this on the agenda Keith. I’d also say – spell checker can help, but don’t rely on it – simply ensuring a word is correctly spelt doesn’t guarantee that it is correct in context (eg there/their; sons/son’s/sons’). In addition, starting at the last page and working back is a useful approach; however, to check continuity (for example, in when characters and facts are introduced and in what they do), read from the start as well.

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