Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Round-Up - #189

Laurel Garver, at Laurel's Leaves, explores formatting changes that make proofreading easier.

I preview my work in Blogger and often catch mistakes. What are some of the methods you use to catch those "oops" in your manuscripts or blog posts?

Have a blessed weekend!


Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

I re-read many times and still catch mistakes. My husband reads my posts and points out mistakes to me as well, so he's a good proof reader :)
It helps to read aloud.

DenaNetherton said...

I guess I usually do it the old-fashioned way: read through out loud. Occasionally something glaring slips by me. Good thing I read my work over and over!

Karen Lange said...

Laurel always has something good to share! Will have to check it out thanks!
Happy weekend,

Chatty Crone said...

Have a great weekend. sandie

Nancy said...

Laurel has a great idea. I'm sure lots of thing pop out when the page is printed differently. That's one more idea besides your own critique and that of a friend.

Loree Huebner said...

I still catch mistakes.

I think most are made with tired eyes.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja - Another set of eyes always helps.

Hi Dena - When Karen and I learned they didn't use contractions in Colonial times, we went through our manuscript. It took 3 or 4 times before we caught every one.

Hi Karen - It's always a treat to read Laurel's blog.

Hi Chatty - Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Nancy - I thought it was a unique way to catch errors. Let me know how it works for you if you decide to try it.

Hi Loree - Yes, eye fatigue will lessen the chances of catching problems.

Susan :)

Anonymous said...

I also read my work over and over again. Like running a comb through hair, when I finally don't find any snags, I know it's finished....or at least I am!

Hope your weekend is restful!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

I like your analogy. I remember the days when I had long hair - ouch.

Mistakes in the manuscript affect me the same way. They're downright painful.

Susan :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

I read it over once or twice, but when I post it, I still have boo-boos I didn't catch. I simply don't have time to have someone else proof it!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

I've had plenty of stuff slip through and go live on the blog. When I see it, I go back in and make the correction.

It's difficult without that second set of eyes.


Jean Fischer said...

I use the voice function on my iBook to read it aloud to me. That way my eyes don't play tricks on me.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Great idea! I wonder if my PC has a similar function.

Susan :)