You’ve written the perfect blog post or just completed your next ebook, but you’re worried that it’s not quite perfect. Every good writer will take some time to proofread and edit their content, but sometimes it’s not easy to check one’s own work. We’ve got some handy tips to help you do that or if you’d rather have us handle it, we can help you.
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- Pay Attention When Using Spellcheck – Your word processor’s spellcheck isn’t perfect. Quite often it’ll tell you to use “you’re” when “your” is the correct word and spelling. Rather than simply accepting all changes, which is tempting sometimes, pay attention to each change it recommends and make sure it’s correct.
- Read it Aloud – Don’t rely on spellcheck alone. If you accidentally type “hat” when you meant “hit” spellcheck isn’t going to find that mistake. Reading your content aloud helps you not only find spelling errors, it will also help you identify sentences that are awkward or difficult to understand.
- Know the Basics – Unless you’re a professional editor, you probably don’t have a comprehensive understanding of all of the grammar rules and that’s okay. Conversational content often breaks grammar rules. However, it’s always a good idea to understand the rules, at least a little bit, before breaking them.
- Look Out for Those Tricky Words – There are words that people commonly misuse. We’re talking about “There, They’re, and Their” or “Too, To, and Two.” Keep an eye out for them when you proofread.
Read and edit for…
- Clarity – Does your content say what you want and need it to say? Is it clear and easy to understand?
- Style – Are you using words and language that your audience responds to? It’s often a good idea to avoid jargon and tech speak.
- Voice – Do you use a consistent voice and is it appropriate for your audience? For example, if you want the piece to feel informal and conversational then you’d use the word “You” when talking to your reader.
- Structure – Is your content easy on the eyes? For example, short sentences, subheadings and lists all help readers focus on the important material in your content.
Making proofreading and editing a regular habit will ensure you always put your best work out for your audience.