Last night I gathered with 100+ members of IAAP’s Rocky Mountain Region. Their leadership hosted a virtual workshop and invited me to present “Proof It! How To Be a Better Proofreader.” For a topic as dry as proofreading, we had a rowdy good time!
Toward the end of the session, I shared the START strategy of quick proofreading tips, and I’m including a synopsis in today’s blog.
S Spellcheck everything—but never trust it
T Tag team [This approach is partner proofreading at its finest.]
A Approach line by line [Decontextualize the document using a colored straight edge.]
R Read out loud [This technique is how you proofread electronic copy.]
T Take a break [This advice is just as valid as the others, and a 20-minute break can work wonders.]
We discussed these quick and easy techniques in conjunction with the three-pass Newspaper Proof, which is the heart and soul of the proofreading process. But what about you? What proofreading techniques do you use to facilitate letter-perfect proofreading where you work? What’s your best proofreading advice? And if you participated in last night’s virtual event, what was your top-tier takeaway you already have used to proofread like a pro?
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