Why is it that I can never catch them? It's as though there is a perception filter which keeps me from spotting them. No matter how hard I try to focus, my mind wanders.
Proof reading is a necessity. There is something very off-putting about reading something with mistakes in it.
- Picked up a published book and discovered that something wasn't spacedcorrectly?
- are there capitals missing?
- What about questions with no question marks.
- If something belongs to someone, is it theres? Oh yes, I went their. Well...witch is it?
There is a reason why I dread having someone proof read my writing: It feels like a constant string of criticism.
"You misspelt 'according.' There should be a comma here. I think this word is meant to be 'condone.'"
Our writing is more than grammar. It is full of planning and creativity, and we put a lot of effort into it. While we do of course need our failings pointed out so that they may be corrected, it seems that all a person sees when they read through our work is mistake, mistake, mistake.
"Um...cheers. What did you think of the story itself?"
"Oh, that was good too. Very nice."
It's not a great feeling, but I have to remind myself that this is what is needed, and it is very helpful. So in the future, I'll just have to suck it up and not see it as a comment on my writing, but a helping hand with my grammatical errors and typing mistakes.
How do you handle proof reading?