On Proofreading

I was recently interviewed by Reproof regarding how I proofread and edit my writing. There’s some good stuff in there, including how critical I find it to change formats between writing and editing.

I tend to flip the iPad to portrait orientation, bump up the point size, and take it to the couch in my office. I then scan through using the Apple Pencil to guide my eye, and do corrections via Scribble.

That’s how I proofread the entirety of Middleshade Road, for example.

You won’t see what’s really there if you’re the one who wrote it; re-reading becomes more like a mental recital than actually reading. That’s also why it’s so important to let others read your work, too.

Check out the full interview for more.