[ASC-list] Proofreading your own writing

Mia Cobb mia.cobb at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 00:34:57 UTC 2013


Australian Government's Style Manual works well for most things:
http://australia.gov.au/publications/style-manual

Enjoying these exchanges - thanks all,

Mia


On 15 October 2013 10:47, Ian M. <ianmcd85 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Really useful tips everyone, seems like moving around paragraphs and
> reading out loud is the best way to go, as to remove yourself from piece of
> writing and focus just on the words.
>
> While I am at it, any advice on best style guides - particularly English
> (Australian).
> Ian
>
>
> ------------------------------
> Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:58:35 +1100
> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Proofreading your own writing
> From: vicki.burkitt at monash.edu
> To: mark.ragg at raggahmed.com
> CC: ianmcd85 at hotmail.com; asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
>
>
> I try to do these things when proofreading large documents
>
>
>    - Resist the urge to file work quickly and check as many times as is
>    needed
>    - Proofread section in one sitting (usually hard copy) in a quiet
>    place during the time of the day when you are most alert
>    - Look at different elements (captions, images, grammar, document
>    style) in further readings (electronic version can be helpful)
>    - Be consistent with spelling of words (American/English) - a style
>    guide is helpful
>    - Maintain drafts of proofed versions after document is published, so
>    if errors are picked up later you can trace the source of the problem
>    (graphic designer, you, other person)
>    - Ask colleague to proof document
>    - I don't do this but others swear by this, reading documents
>    backwards to pick up typos
>    - If you do pick up errors after you publish your work, correct the
>    electronic file where ever possible
>
> Vicki
>
> On 15 October 2013 08:35, Mark Ragg <mark.ragg at raggahmed.com> wrote:
>
> Here's a few things I teach (and sometimes do).
> Give it time (so finish it early).
> Change the font and make it slightly larger, then print it out.
> Read it in a different room then where you wrote it, or outside, or in a
> cafe.
> Read it out loud.
>
>
>
> Mark Ragg
> Director | RaggAhmed
> Adjunct Senior Lecturer | Sydney School of Public Health | University of
> Sydney
> t +61 2 9818 8222 | e mark.ragg at raggahmed.com
> www.raggahmed.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ASC-list [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of
> Ian M.
> Sent: Monday, 14 October 2013 9:52 PM
> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> Subject: [ASC-list] Proofreading your own writing
>
> Dear ASCers,
>
> I am going to be honest and say I have a weakness - proofreading my own
> writing. I can read it over and over but miss a typo every time.
>
> Practice makes perfect right?
>
> Well, I am sending this email to seek advice from those who may have had
> similar problems and ask what tips you may have in checking the nitty
> gritty details of your writing before it goes live?
>
> I've done the courses, read the books and asked colleagues to proofread
> but sometimes the ideas of others can really help.
>
> I hope this could also make for a useful discussion for those who may have
> similar issues.
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Ian
>
> P.S. I hope this email has no typos :-P
>
> Dr Ian McDonald
> 0439 746 556
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