Such a humble concept, but one that can still trip up the first time writer. You’ve spent a long time writing your opus. You’ve created a story that you’re ready to share with the world.
What you don’t want to share is your carelessness and laziness. Bad spelling and grammar will turn your potential readers off very quickly and certainly ruin any credibility you may hope to have as a writer.
Just follow a couple of simple rules to ensure your writing is at least error free.
1) Don’t rely completely on spell checking programs. While they are useful in identifying and correcting common errors, over time all sorts of weird spelling can be inadvertently added to your word processors dictionary.
2) The writer is always the last person to pick up spelling and grammar errors. Overtime, you will become so familiar with your text as you read, re-read and re-write, that the most obvious spelling error can and will slip through unseen. Get a family member or friend to read and check for you. Preferably on hardcopy with a red pen. Without you hovering over their shoulder!
3) You can hire a professional proof reader. You can find a local proof reader or use the proof reading services here at madhouseMEDIA.
Proof reading is an essential part of writing. Ignore it at your peril! Ideally, you should make it a part of your writing process. With emphasis on proof reading before and after the design and layout stage.
What’s your proof reading tip? Join the conversation!