Check out this picture. Do you see anything wrong with it?
On a beautiful
San Francisco day, my husband and I were walking along the
waterfront, checking out all the signage for the upcoming
One of the murals in particular caught our eye, and when we read the text, we
were surprised to discover a glaring error in grammar: “Watch the Epic Battle
Closer THEN Ever.” I wonder how many levels of review the artwork for
this mural went through before being placed for public view. Obviously it
needed one more look. America
1. Read your copy backwards. Oftentimes you miss errors because you “know” what should be there. But this method helps you catch errors that you might not find when reading from beginning to end.
2. Read the text out loud. Your ears can catch mistakes that your eyes miss.
3. Proofread a printed version of your copy. I have found that it’s easier to see errors on a hard copy of your work rather than on a computer screen.
4. If possible, set your writing aside for a while before proofreading it. This gives you a chance to clear your mind and look at what you’ve written with fresh eyes. Then you’re better able to focus on the words rather than what you think you wrote.
But the most important tip of all is, when it counts, have several eyes review your copy. Your mantra should always be: proofread . . . proofread . . . and proofread one more time!