I’m tinkering with a guide to help students who wish to proofread their own work, and I thought I would share some of the advice on my blog.
You’ve finished writing. You’ve made your edits. The next step is to proofread.
Save your work. Put down your pen. Switch off the computer. Take a break.
The best thing to do, I think, is to go outside. Take a walk and get some fresh air. If you can’t go out, do something else to take your mind off the work. Bake a cake, knit a small hat, clean the bathroom. Do whatever you like doing to relax.
If you have enough time, leave your work for a day or more.
This should create distance, and distance should help you spot errors. When your words are not fresh in your mind, you can look at your writing from a different perspective.
That’s when it’s time to start proofreading.
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