How to Find Errors in Your Writing is a guide containing proofreading tips and techniques for writers and self-publishers. The guide explores the phenomenon of why errors continue to exist in submitted and published writings, followed by step-by-step techniques that any writer can use to eliminate errors. More
Would it surprise you to learn that errors probably still exist in your written masterpiece despite your proofreading efforts? There are several reasons why that statement could be true. There also are several proofreading techniques and methods you can learn and use to find and correct errors in your text. That's what this guide is all about — learning about the types of errors, why they exist despite your best proofing efforts, and, more importantly, finding those errors so you can correct them.
Okay, you've invested blood, sweat, and tears — well, maybe not blood — but the other two, certainly, into your several thousand-word masterpiece and you are ready to publish. As a writer, you realize that you are not perfect when it comes to the keyboard — you may be plagued with "fat" fingers, fingers that often transpose letters, or typing fingers that run ahead or lag behind your creative mind. You also may be prone to those inexplicable errors that surprise you (assuming you find them) — errors such as completely omitted words, or incorrect words, or a small word like "if" that somehow become "it."
Whatever your proclivity for making certain types of errors in your writing, you realize that you need to check your masterpiece, whether a novel, technical paper, or class assignment, and correct any discovered errors before publication or submittal. Therefore, you carefully read and even re-read your work several times. Somewhat surprising to you, you find errors each time you read or re-read, but eventually you decide the text is as error-free as you can make it.
Would it surprise you to learn that errors probably still exist in your masterpiece — errors you will never find unless you learn certain proofreading techniques?
That's what How to Find Errors in Your Writing is all about — tips and techniques that you can use for effective proofreading.