By: Stefanie Flaxman
I don’t get it.
When you find an article that is helpful or empathetic to your situation, you want to comment on it and share it with your friends.
You probably do the same when you find an article that is offensive.
What do both of those scenarios have in common? You understand the message the writer intended to convey … or at least you think you do.
So chances are good that the writer proofread the piece with meticulous focus and a creative spirit.
Wait, creativity and proofreading can go together?
You better believe it. Here’s how …
Proofreading and creativity are not mutually exclusive
We take for granted that the blog posts we interact with or spread around online make sense to us. Even if we disagree with a blog post’s author or misconstrue his intentions, we have still comprehended the text well enough to form an opinion about it.
Articles we don’t finish reading or disregard quickly may be confusing and poorly structured — glaring errors are major turn-offs. We don’t take the writing seriously and we go elsewhere to gain knowledge.
Even though every detail of your writing needs to reinforce the authority you strive to establish with your content, I’ve heard many people say that proofreading is their least favorite part of writing.
When you write, you get to be creative and expressive; proofreading is boring and tedious.
Like most circumstances, however, your approach to proofreading shapes your results.
An activity is only as boring and tedious as you make it. You can easily turn proofreading into an important part of your creative process that also improves the quality and clarity of your writing.
Ready to turn your rough draft into a polished post that readers revere? Here are seven creative proofreading tips that help produce professional-quality writing.
Read the full article HERE!
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