Editing and proofreading helps turn your revised writing into a clear, stylistic, and accurate copy. It deals with the line-by-line changes you make to improve the smoothness, readability, and accuracy of your work.
You’re ready to editing and proofread, once you
- Make the major changes in the content of your writing,
- Recopy your revised writing, and
- Set your work aside for a day or two (if time permits).
- To get started, focus on the style of your writing, checking for the smoothness and clarity of each sentence and the effectiveness of the word choice. Next, turn your attention to the accuracy of your writing, focusing on one type of error at a time.
- If you’re working on a computer, do your editing on a printed copy of your revised writing. Then enter the changes on the computer. Save the edited copy so you have a record of the changes you’ve made.
- If you’re working with pen and paper, do your editing on a fresh copy of your revised writing. Then recopy your work again, and save the edited copy for your records.
- When editing and proofreading, pay special attention to the following three traits of effective writing: smoothness, word choice, and correct, accurate copy.
How To Become Better With Editing And Proofreading In 10 Minutes
Sentence Smoothness: Make sure that your sentences lead readers smoothly from one point to the next.
Word Choice: Change any troublesome or overused words to improve the overall quality of your writing.
Correct, Accurate Copy: Carefully check your writing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
you should be able to say these things about your writing’ after your sentences for style and correctness:
- Every sentence in my paper is important.
- Someone else could read my work aloud and like the sound of it.
- I’ve combined short, choppy sentences into longer ones.
- I use connecting words and phrases—later, on the other —to show how ideas relate to one another.
- Most of my sentences begin in different ways.
Testing Your Sentences
Use the following strategy to test your sentence variety, length, and verb choice.
- In one column on a piece of paper words in each of your sentence you need to vary some of you
- In another column, indent’ each sentence.
Checking for Word Choice
When you check for word choice, watch out for problems like the (Also see pages 135-136 for help.)
- Redundancy—using several words that say the same thing (ad additional lines)
- Repetition—using the same words over and over
- Words used incorrectly (their instead of they’re or there)
- Too many vague words such as nice, special, or neat.
Technical words left unexplained
Read your copy out loud when you check for word choice. Also check your writing once by starting right in the middle of your text. Otherwise, you might mi~ some of the errors in the second half of your paper.
Evaluating Your Editing for Word Choice
After checking for word choice, you should be able to say the things about your writing:
- I know the meaning of every word in my paper.
- I define any technical terms clearly for my reader.
- For the most part, I use vivid verbs: lunge, tweak, caring squeeze, pout, peek, and so on.
- I double-checked for repetition and substituted synonyms for the words whenever possible.
- I use specific words and phrases instead of general modifier (nice, happy).
- I include some colorful adjectives and adverbs without sound wordy or flowery.