Free Self-Proofreading Tips From a Professional Proofreader
Hello, and welcome Magnum Proofreading Tips, a blog written for ambitious independent writers who are looking to improve their self-proofreading skills.
Writing can be used to explain, to teach, to share, to inspire, to foster change, and to do millions of other things. However, to be as effective as possible, a piece of writing must be clear and concise, the words must be selected carefully, the text must flow and be easy to read, and to gain the reader’s fullest level of trust, the writing must be completely error-free.
In other words, for a piece of writing to be effective, it must be proofread.
Many writers choose to have their work proofread by a proofreading company (such as Magnum Proofreading), but many writers cannot justify the cost of hiring a professional proofreader. Those who write purely for pleasure and who create and publish books purely as a hobby and not for monetary gain are unlikely to be willing to pay hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to have their work checked for errors. Such writers are probably much happier to save their money and proofread their own work.
While self-proofreading is not recommended for very serious writers, it is practiced by many who write as a hobby. It is almost impossible to catch all errors through self-proofreading, but if you are good at it, you will likely catch enough; no one is going to get mad at you for missing a few commas in a book they paid 99¢ for online.
If you are not good at self-proofreading, people probably won’t finish reading your work. This could be a real shame, too. Maybe you have some really great ideas and insights to share with people, but your writing skills are preventing you from expressing them eloquently.
If this last sentence resonates with you, you are in the right place. Magnum Proofreading Tips offers lessons and discussions on many different topics, from the basics of the English language to lessons on word choice to using online proofreading tools effectively.
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