Quick proofreading tips to slash those typos

Although I and various other professional writers and editors have written about proofreading here on HTWB in the past, unfortunately it’s a problem that just won’t go away.

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How to proofread more easily and effectively…

Here, then, is a swift recap on some of the useful tips we know that can make a huge difference to the quality of whatever you write, whether it’s for your business, job, social or creative writing. [Read more…]

Content writing: never forget to proof-reed the Big Stuff

Inspired as I was by a Facebook conversation with my good friend and colleague Mark Orr, I want to share something with you about business writing that’s so basic even your Golden Retriever probably should know about it.

Content writing: never forget to proof-reed the Big StuffBut yet, it escapes nearly all of us from time to time.

It’s called “PROOF-READ – and not just the main text.” Why?

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3 top tips for proofreading your writing on-screen

A guest post by Amanda Laughtland

Most of the writers I know do a great deal (if not all) of their composing and editing on computer screens. With the portability of tablets and smartphones, it’s easier than ever for writers to set to work whenever they find a few moments to bring up their documents at the bus stop, on the bus, or anywhere else.

Ideally, I like to compose on paper first, and I still buy stacks of spiral notebooks during back-to-school sales in the fall, but for my work-related writing tasks, I do almost all of my writing and editing while looking at the 13-inch screen of my notebook computer, not my spiral notebook.

I’ve been teaching college-level writing online for several years, and in my experience, the strongest writers have the keenest eye for proofreading their own work. Below are three of my favorite strategies writers can use to find and fix errors in their own writing. Give one or all of these a try the next time you’re proofreading the work you’ve been composing and editing online. [Read more…]

The the impotence of proofreading your writting

Many thanks to my good friend Angela Boothroyd for sharing this hilarious video with us. Once you’ve seen it you’ll never trust your spell checker again. Ever.

As I often say, the lunacy of the English language is far too illogical for an electronic system to cope with, no matter how sophisticated its design.

Until someone manages to design a system that can apply common sense to proofreading (and I doubt even the genius Dr Stephen Hawking could do that) we’re going to have to continue checking our work ourselves.

Comical though it is, the video hammers home the point that spelling and grammar goofs as well as typos can make otherwise excellent writing look not only funny, but also lamentably unprofessional.

Enjoy!

More help to prooofreas your writting

“Business Writing Made Easy”…everything you need to know about writing for business in English

“Banana Skin Words and how not to slip on them”…over 1,500 spelling and grammar tips to perfect your written English

“English to English: the A to Z of British-American translations”…more than 2,000 business and social terms from the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

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