Neat editing trick
It can be really difficult to proof your own work. You’ve looked at it too many times and as your eyes move over the words your brain fills in the gaps because you’ve already got the story in your head. It can be so frustrating when you’ve read a piece several times and someone says ‘you’re missing the word it on page 3’, or ‘you’ve got her said instead of he said on page 156’. I’ve read the thing ten bloody times! How could I have missed these?
But it is very easy to miss these mistakes and over the years I’ve learned a neat trick when I’m proofing electronic copies of my work.
I ‘select all’, choose a font that I’m not familiar with and enlarge the font size. It’s amazing what you see because your eyes aren’t used to the font and you have to read every word. It works for me every time – and I’m hoping there are no mistakes in this piece 🙂