Writers' Club

Our Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work

1.  Give yourself some space. Writing is a lengthy and demanding process. When you have finally finished, when “The End” is finally there in black and white, put down your pen, close your laptop, shut down your computer, and step away. 

2.  Do more than one proof. Start with an overview and gradually narrow your focus. 

3.  Make the most of your computer applications, especially the spell- and grammar check tools in your word processing programs … 

4.  After you have completed your basic spell- and grammar checks, work from a print out, not from your computer screen (or from your handwritten MS, if you have written your book longhand). 

5.  Read aloud to yourself. 

6.  Get other people to proof it for you too.