Job skills Writing & editing

Before you hit ‘publish’, proofread your work by checking these 8 things

You may have just written a great piece of content and are ready to share it with the world, but if it hasn’t been proofread, stop the presses! Proofreading is essential for all written communications in a professional context, though non-professionals should also incorporate it into their writing regimen.

Writing for The Muse, Lily Herman explains that proofreading is more than just giving your content a quick and final read-through, or just finding errors. “It’s about making sure all of your ducks are in a row and that the tiny things match up,” she says.

When done right, proofreading reviews – and in many cases enhances – the coherence, clarity, consistency and effectiveness of your written content.

In carrying out this essential editorial task, Herman says that you should always review these 8 writing elements:

  1. Basic Spelling and Grammar
  2. Proper Nouns
  3. Verb Tenses
  4. Sentence Structure
  5. Formatting
  6. Consistency
  7. Idioms
  8. Overall Flow

Find out more in Herman’s full article.

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