I have done it and you have done it too. Proofreading that is. Although there are some professionals that expertly do this, like Supaproofread. They have been proofreading a lot of written work from dissertations to novel manuscripts or even a 100 word summary. But aside from hiring someone to do all the proofreading for you, you can proofread your own work. Sometimes, even if we re-read, proofread our work and find nothing wrong with it, others can still find a small mistake in it. To help out with this problem, here are some things you could do.
1. Another view helps
Viewing your work in another way helps your mind focus on the words. It kind of tricks your mind into paying attention to the words because it looks different from when you wrote it. A way to change the view is to zoom in on your work. You can also adjust the screen size or change the view. In WordPress, you can go to the distraction free writing mode when you want to proofread your work. You can also print out your work because having to read it in paper instead of the screen can also help with a successful proofreading.
2. Be your own worst critic
The fact that you know yourself and you know what your errors are mostly made of makes you the best proofreader for your own work. Pay attention to the small details so that you won’t have to let someone else do it for you. You know where to look, may it be typos, misspelled words or grammar issues. Work on it slowly so that you don’t miss out any small imperfections in your work.
3. Backward reading is a must try
Reading your work backwards may sound dumb and nonsense but it works to proofread your words and spelling. It is kind of weird reading your work backwards because it may not make any sense at all but at least you get to notice your spelling, punctuation and capitalization. Try it and find how easy it is to spot a misspelled word.
4. Pull yourself out of your work and comeback later
If you have written something, your brain is thinking about ending its agony immediately that it might overlook some of your imperfections. Taking a break from your work lets your brain as well as your body to rest. You can do this by simply having a short lunch, walking around and focusing your brain on other things. Later, you can come back and proofread your work.
5. Give A Speech
Even if you are just alone, you can read your work out loud. In this way, you don’t only read your work, you also hear yourself use the words. It would be easier to spot words that are out of context or to find other words instead the one you just used. This is like putting yourself in the shoes of your readers. You get to know how your work reads just by simply saying it outloud.