Most Mortals Need a Proofreader by Guest Author Wendy Janes @wendyproof

AUTHORS – Great advice from Wendy 😀

Lit World Interviews

Why can’t you successfully proofread your own work?

It’s very simple – you read what you expect to see.

When you read other people’s work it’s fresh and new. Any errors seem to leap from the page, as the following examples demonstrate:

“Perdita was so angry she felt like throwing the laptop out of the the attic window.”

“Mark was fifty-five minutes younger that Spencer. An injustice than irritated him no end.”

The errors in the above sentences look so obvious. However, when you’ve been working on your book for months, maybe longer, and you’ve re-worked, revised, edited, tweaked, fallen in and out of love with it more times than you can remember, it’s almost impossible to gain the professional distance that is required to proofread it effectively. This is no reflection on your skills as a writer.

I’d like to share my own (humbling) experience. You see, I’d been…

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8 thoughts on “Most Mortals Need a Proofreader by Guest Author Wendy Janes @wendyproof

  1. Another of the benefits of serializing before publication is the ability to encourage nitpicking visitors to tell you what they find – by thanking people who report your typos profusely. I’m always tickled when a new one is shot and killed.

    And because I have now posted the same text into a WordPress editing system and a Wattpad one, I’ve seen the words anew many times. Changing fonts has happened automatically – and that’s a great way to see typos. Ditto for margins – text looks different, and that makes errors stand out. The irritating little red squiggly lines under misspelled words, or the green straight ones (which WordPress uses to question your choices) seem to be somewhat different from Scrivener to Word to the web – each one makes me take a second look.

    That’s the basics. Then the text needs to go to a proofreader – or several – for the hidden ones.

    The only bad part about becoming very sensitized to typos is that I keep finding them in published paper books I’ve had for ages. I never noticed them before.

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  2. My worst was to my then boss, trying to get out of a social event: ‘I wish I could but I c*nt’. Naturally I spotted it the second it was sent. It’s not like the ‘a’ and the ‘u’ are close together so Freud was working overtime on what I really thought.

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