Writing Hint #14 Write, rite or right?
I had a phone call yesterday from the chairman of a committee. I serve as the minute secretary of said committee. I’d recently given him a draft copy of the minutes of the recent AGM for proofreading. I thought I’d done a fairly good job.
He found a number of small typos and other errors. See, the problem with proofreading your own writing is that you think you know what it should say, but what you have typed is similar, but wrong. For example, I had “a” where it should have been “an”. Simple error, but so important in that first impression made on an editor or publisher – or reader of your blog. In many cases, first impressions are the most important and lasting impressions. In today’s busy world, you often do not get a chance at a second impression.
My advice is: as much as possible, get someone else to proofread your writing before sending it off to a publisher.
And bloggers – do everyone a favour – at least proofread your own writing.
Writing Hint: Make it a rite to always write the right words.
- The importance of proofreading – with links to other articles.
PS: I made sure I proofread this article carefully. I actually found 2 errors. I hope that it is error free now. Let me know if I’ve missed anything.