The Best Proofreading Tips Article

Best Proofreading Tips

This article was originally posted on September 10, 2019

Hello writers, what are your proofreading tips? Let me tell you now, I’m writing this article to remind myself of the steps to take for more of my articles. You see, these steps take more time than a quick read through. Something I have a tendency to do a lot on my journal category articles. You may be shaking your head, “I know.”
Why Proofreading is Necessary

Proofreading is normally done after you are satisfied with your draft article or story. You are looking to edit misspellings, grammar, and punctuation errors. Does this sound like a simple process? Maybe. But is it that simple to carry out? It does not always feel like it, and this is one reason why we have professional editors so as some say after one or two proofreading edits on their own, “I no longer want to deal with the headache.” Or, “ I’m glad my part is over and done.”

Here is the good word though. The headache that sometimes come when you are proofreading a novel; does not when you are writing a short (200 – 900 words) to long form blog post between 1,000 to 4,000 words. Then you most likely will be able to complete the proofing process without a headache. Proofreading is important because it matches your thoughts with the words on paper (screen), so there will be no confusion. You don’t like the way something reads or sounds, then tweak it once, or tweak it twice, and there you will have your authentic thought exactly the way you wish it to be.

Best Proofreading Tips

A) Take a break from the article. Have a meal. Maybe you only need fifteen minutes to an hour away. It helps having a day away from the article project; therefore it gives your brain time to rejuvenate overnight. I realize most may not need or desire to wait that long. It is good to know all the same.

B) After your break, make sure to place your pencil (computer cursor) on each word methodically read at a slower pace than what you have typed. You will see most mistakes right away by doing this. Spellings and punctuation will become evident.

C) Speaking of punctuation, I’ve found proofreading your sentences backwards helps to find typos and missing punctuations as well. Be aware this can bring a strain for some, but I want you to know it is one of your options just the same.

D) Check your headings and subheadings. Did you place them in bold types and special fonts? Make sure the headings are all uniformed in the style you picked. H2 through H5 and so on.
E) Read your masterpiece out loud.

F) Take a break ( coffee or tea, smile) and repeat the steps on your return.

How the above steps have helped me.

The above tips I started using around 2014, but to this day, not on a consistent basis. I wish to use the above techniques more to keep all my articles in pristine reading shape for the Perceptive Readers. Chuckle, but you know there will continue to be times when I still post those from my mind to your mind journal articles and will not have used all the best proofreading tips displayed in the last heading.

In fact, it seems to be saved mostly for indepth tip articles like this one.

This is one of the reasons I decided to write this article — to help myself use these techniques more times throughout the month. Hence, when you see this article featured on My Minds Page quite a bit, it is to remind me to implement these tips more even on my shorter articles and side bar statements and news. Something I can always work on each week, if not everyday.

With the above stated, please feel free to tell me in the contact form on the homepage when I made a mistake in an article.

Seriously, this is so helpful to me. Let me express again how grateful I’ll be to you.

A quick, Hi, My name is Mr. or Ms. Wonderful, and I just copied and paste this quote to show you there is a misspelling or punctuation, etc.
Concluding Thought Tips

Allow me to thank you readers for sharing and spending time each day to enhance, some people say enrich, your life by finding and taking value to others. Yes, sharing is caring. Always do your best to have a light shinning in your heart and mind. Hey, you need that as part of the the best proofreading tips as well.

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Scrivener Still Writing and Improving

Getting to Know The Scrivener Writing Software

The Fall is often a time of completion. Where people want to relax, spend time with family, have fun, and to feel as good about the year’s efforts and successes; especially in their occupations and professions in the western world of providing goods and services. During this time, Philanthropic projects also bring a sense of a job well done!

Well, in one man’s opinion, Scrivener is a software I have found to be worth the cost for goods & services in whatever field or occupation that a lot of writing is involved. It will save you on time, and as one author, Michael La Ronn, states (paraphrase): Scrivener allows authors and writers to get out of their own way.

I found this to be the case over the past year (s). Allow me to explain.
A Windows User of the Scrivener Writing Software

Back in the second quarter of 2012, I purchased Scrivener for Windows and placed it on my Windows 7 laptop. I absolutely got a kick out of using the software. Even with the Scrivener Writing Software for windows not having all the features of the Mac version of the software, I was more than satisfied with the abundance of features all the same. Yes, more features than most people would even inquire about. But they are there for when you need the right touch for this or that research paper you students are writing.

Everything just plain worked. Until… Read on

A Linux User with the Scrivener Writing Software

A couple of years ago, it became helpful for me to use the Linux system OS, so I stopped using Windows 10 and moved to several different linux distribution flavors.

However, along the way, Scrivener did not always function well with the Wine program.

Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.

After losing some of my newer writings and research by data corruption, I made the decision to stop using the Scrivener Writing Software with the Linux systems and the Wine program.

Writing became increasingly harder without the Scrivener Writing Software

Don’t get me wrong. Let me start by saying, it was not “Writer’s Block” that made it harder for me to write. It was harder because I had truly become reliant on the following tasks Scrivener makes so much easier and gives a sense of satisfaction that you have your bases covered!

Research Gathering
Research Compiling
Yes, even proof-reading

The above are just some of the benefits Scrivener gives far beyond common word processors.

A Year without the Scrivener Writing Software

After a year without using Scrivener daily, as was the routine before, I found myself storing more and more of my thoughts, poetry, and ideas in the universe of the mind; so to speak; unless I was ready to write an article that would be published the same 24-48 hours of me developing the online draft.
Oh how I miss those days of just writing a paragraph or two about this awesome (corny for some) joke or some serious thought-provoking subject Perceptive Readers would enjoy hearing and talking about. I had used Scrivener for everything except to make me a cup of coffee!

The Return to Scrivener 3
After a year, it was time to return to the software that helps me with storing my mind’s universe of thoughts and ideas! Chuckle, I often feel our minds (My father talked about this all the time) can produce cluster of galaxies in thoughts and abilities. However, as we get physically older (chuckle) it seems we just have to stay in the Milky Way Galaxy of storage space. This is why it is for us up in years to write down these thoughts when we get them.
And hopefully store them in a private (secure) way until you are ready to share these creations with the world; if this be your wish.
It was time to purchase the Scrivener 3 writing software for MAC!

That’s my experience. Feel Free to share yours!

Why Use Scrivener?
2 Helpful Videos in Getting to Know The Scrivener Writing Software

The first video to help us as an introduction to Scrivener comes from the makers of the software.
Getting Started – Scrivener’s Core Concepts – Literature and Latte Top 10 Scrivener TipsIt is also my pleasure to share the following video from Michael La Ronn of Author Level Up.
When it comes to Scrivener, you will find he has practical knowledge that will help you so much with getting started with this software. Michael La Ronn has valuable years of experience in the writing field period.

“Welcome to Author Level Up. I’m Michael La Ronn, and every week I publish writing craft videos to help you write better, write faster, have fun, and be prolific. I’ve written over 40 books and counting, and these videos are me documenting what I’ve learned every step of the way. Check out video archive for lots of great videos on how to be a writer, writing tips, productivity secrets, and more. I hope you find these videos helpful. I respond to most comments so if you want me to do a video on something just let me know in the comments. Be sure to subscribe, and thanks for visiting.”

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