20 Tips to Proofread Like A Professional

Haunted Pen has put together the most complete list of how to Proofread, the right way, your manuscript!

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The Haunted Pen - Proofread Like A ProProofreading. Some writers love it, some writers despise it. But whatever your feelings, proofreading is your final task when preparing to share your words with the world.

Writers often read their words the way they believe they wrote them, not how they actually wrote them. This means spelling mistakes, typos and grammatical errors, such as poor sentence structure, wrong choice of words and punctuation can all go unnoticed by the writer. These factors impact the context and readability of the work.

The good news is that proofreading skills can be learned, developed and improved. Where is the best source for information on learning how to proofread, I hear you ask (at least I hope you are).

Fear not my friends, help is at hand and The Haunted Pen is here to save the day!

The best source for hands-on information is a professional proofreader – someone who has spent years…

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Karen DeMers Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. β€œBooks of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen loves art, she enjoys drawing, painting in oils, pastels, colored pencils, and doing portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.

6 thoughts on “20 Tips to Proofread Like A Professional

    1. KC, I am the worse one about not doing accurate proofreading, because half the time I don’t see the errors, as you commented. I have learned that if I speak each word out loud, I will up errors not notice by just reading and that has helped a great deal. Thank you for a great comment! Karen πŸ™‚

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  1. I underestimated it too, for my first novel, even though my strength is my concentration and methodical nature. The key point for me is to read with suspicion that you have made mistakes, instead of assuming they will be few and far between…great post! Sharing on Twitter

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    1. Lynne, thank you for sharing! You made a great teaching point: to read with suspicion that there are mistakes!! I will do that this time! I am writing a trilogy. Good Grief – why did I decide to do this??? Karen πŸ™‚

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