Perfecting writing skills is a not an easy task. It takes a lot of practice and time before you can certify yourself good as a writer. Even so, editing and proofing of work is what makes written work palatable. It makes no sense to write a lot of material people can’t read. Proofing and editing work makes it palatable and useful. Moreover, proofed work is always good to read. If it’s work where marks are awarded, proofed work will always earn more marks than work that is haphazardly finished. Even so, with practice and patience there are several tips that you can apply to make the job of proofreading easier.

Catch all typos

Typos are annoying in all written work. In general, typos are oversights in your written work, especially when typed. Normally, most typos result because in the attempt to beat a deadline or finish work quickly you make errors or addition or omission. This results in work that does not read or sound well. Going over what you have written and correcting those instances can create cleaner, clearer and more professional written work.

Read your work aloud

Many writers hate hearing their work read to them. This is because they can hear themselves out. After you have finished writing something, make it a habit to read everything aloud. Reading out loud enunciates the text. When this happens, your chances of discovering the small grammar and spelling mistakes improve. Moreover, when work is read out loud all the grammatically correct sentences that don’t make sense can be discovered and removed or modified. This enables you make the work more readable and useful to the reader.

Proof your work more than once

When you have written about something, after the first proofing, ensure you do it again. As a human reader, something will always pass you by. If you consider redoing the work again after the first proofing, you can reduce and modify the errors the first proofing failed to catch.

Keep off excuses

When it comes to producing high-quality written work, always avoid giving excuses for mediocrity. It only makes you look bad. Most publishers think the practice is common among new and young writers. Most of them are either in a rush to publish work. Others are just lazy. The rest are just not keen on having perfect or near perfect work. If you want to have respected written work, keep off excuses and go the extra mile to make your work great.

Cut yourself some slack

It’s generally difficult to produce perfect written work. Sometimes, depending on where you come from or activities, proofreading and editing work can pass you by. Even so, it doesn’t mean there is an excuse for submitting poorly-done work. If you don’t have the time, get a proofreader to do it for you.

All in all, keep following the above tips in all your proofreading and editing work and you will eventually get it.

Raul C Vannatta is a paper proofreader at