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How to Improve Your Proofreading

You’ve crafted a letter, manuscript, or essay designed to impress someone important. You’ve read and re-read the document for mistakes only to discover that some errors were overlooked. If you’ve already sent the final draft after this discovery, you can only hope these mistakes go unnoticed by the recipient. Avoid potential embarrassment in the future by taking a few simple steps to improve your proofreading.

  1. Read the document backward word by word. The eyes tend to jump at the same spots when reading a document. Reading backward helps to break this habit as you are forced to read each word separately and catch spelling errors.
  2. Take another look at your work with fresh eyes. If you have some time after you’ve completed your final draft, walk away from it and do something else for a while. When you return refreshed, you’ll be able to look at your work with a fresh pair of eyes and a new point of view.
  3. Speak the words aloud. Reading aloud helps you to hear your writing differently. Circle any spot that sound awkward or contain errors so you can revise them later.
  4. Get rid of some of the commas. The average person tends to put commas in the wrong place or overuse them all together. Check each comma in your work and determine whether it’s needed.
  5. Let a friend look at your work. A fresh set of unbiased eyes can do wonders. Naturally, we tend to avoid seeing errors in our own writing, but others may be able to catch them more readily. Have your friend underline the potential errors so you can have an idea of what your recipient may notice. Be sure to make the necessary corrections.
  6. Use your computer’s spell checker. While computers aren’t foolproof, they can be helpful. Give attention to the possible mistakes highlighted by your computer. Use discretion when following the computer’s suggestions. It may identify accurately spelled words as mistakes if it does not recognize them.
  7. Pay attention to the typical errors. Refer to your earlier writings that were proofread by a professor or someone else like an editor. Be sure your new writing does not duplicate the errors found in previous works.
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Article Writing Tips For Beginners

Article writing is an excellent way to earn extra money, gain traffic to a website, and to build an online presence. One of the best things about article writing is that you don’t have to be a genius or have experience in order to write articles.

If you are considering writing articles online or need to write them and have been afraid to take the first step, here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. Write like you speak. Think of a topic you know a lot about. Animals, pets, parenting, anything. Write a paragraph about your chosen topic. Pretend you are talking to a close friend or family member. Repeat this process and soon you’ll feel more comfortable about writing.
  2. Set a timer (a small kitchen timer works great) for 10 minutes and write everything you can think of about your chosen topic. Write as fast as you can so you can get as much information down as possible before the timer goes off. You don’t have to write full sentences. You can make a list instead. Use this list in creating content.
  3. Learn to use the spell checker on your word processing system. The check spelling command is usually shown by an icon that has “abc” with a checkmark on it or beneath it. Using spell check will reduce spelling errors, one of the biggest distractions in reading copy.
  4. When you must write articles about a topic you aren’t familiar with, one of the quickest ways to learn about a topic is to visit the children’s section of the local library. Books meant for kids often condense the most important parts of a topic into easily readable sections.
  5. Just do it. Every article begins with a blank sheet of paper or a blank screen. You can always erase or delete after you have something on the paper.
  6. Read. Read. Read. Read what others are writing in articles and on blogs. Read newspapers. Read books. Reading will increase your awareness of topics, lead to more article ideas and improve your vocabulary, all at the same time.

You can write articles, even if you’re a total newbie. You don’t have to have a college education, or even a high school one. You just need passion for a topic (or the ability to inspire passion) and self-motivation.