[ASC-list] Proofreading your own writing

Tim Entwisle Tim.Entwisle at rbg.vic.gov.au
Fri Oct 18 05:50:15 UTC 2013

And for a diversion when you've finished proofreading (or during that special time you've allocated before you are allowed to reread your work of art) do read Stylized: A slightly obsessive history of Strunk and White's  ''The Elements of Style'. 
It's American from the z in Stylized but I did enjoy it.

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Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:37:50 +1100
From: Toss Gascoigne <director at tossgascoigne.com.au>
To: Ian M. <ianmcd85 at hotmail.com>
Cc: Asc List <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Proofreading your own writing
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Try the Aust Govt Style Guide:


I like Strunk and White's book too.  Short and punchy.

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On 15/10/2013, at 10:47 AM, Ian M. 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
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> 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
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> 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
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