As writers, we’re well versed at reading and re-reading our words before we ever let anyone else see them. But proofreading our work is a vital step in the writing process, especially if you’re submitting your manuscript. Today, for National Proofreading Day, we offer these tips to make the proofreading process more effective. Printing your pages in a different font or format is one visual way to spot mistakes you may have missed while drafting. Reading your work aloud also provides a quick way to hear an error you may have previously overlooked. This technique is especially helpful for spotting repetitive wording. Finally, keep track of errors you commonly make. Knowing your bad habits gives you a starting point for fixing misspelled words, incorrect contractions, grammar errors and whatever else you know you consistently do wrong.
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It’s a new year and time for a fresh start. Clearing the clutter from your desk will help clear your mind for writing. Don’t forget to share the before and after pictures of your work space. Check @writeowls on Twitter for our own clutter-clearing reveals.
As you go about your week, whenever you’re in a new place or environment, spend a few minutes thinking about how your character would react to that errand or setting. A child would view a trip to the grocery store differently than an adult would. A person with a limited budget would react to the shopping experience differently than a person with a lot of money in the bank. How can you see your everyday tasks through the eyes of your characters?
This month, spend time developing multi-faceted characters that readers can see pieces of themselves in. Yes, you should consider a character’s physical appearance, mannerisms, family structure, occupation and maybe even his or her favorite color. But for this challenge, dig deeper to figure out your character’s driving want and need.
To help you delve more into this subject, we recommend the following resources to start with:
From K.M. Weiland
From the Story Grid
From Cheryl Klein