Why Is It So Hard to Catch Our Own Typos?

You may not be hard-wired to catch your own errors.

Have you ever finished writing something, edited and proofread it multiple times, and down the road you found out you still missed a few mistakes?

If so, you’re not alone.

It’s easy to do. In fact, it’s unrealistic to think you’d always catch every one of your own mistakes.

Even with modern technology and spell check, there will probably be a few typos and grammatical errors left on the final draft.

Here are a few of the reasons why, as well as what you can do about it. Continue reading “Why Is It So Hard to Catch Our Own Typos?”

5 Costly Mistakes in Business Writing

We feel your pain. (Photo: dotshock)

For most people, writing is a challenge.

Even if you’re an expert on the topic you’re covering, you’ll still have to sit down, put your thoughts on paper, refine your ideas, rewrite, edit, and repeat the process.

Aack! No wonder so many people dislike writing and suffer from writer’s block—the entire writing process can be difficult. Continue reading “5 Costly Mistakes in Business Writing”

Proofreaders? Copy Editors? What’s the Difference? (And Why Should You Care?)

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Time to break out the red pencil. (Photo: stillfx)

If you can remember a time when you were not being asked to do more with less, you may also recall that once upon a time in the world of publishing, a piece of writing was reviewed by two people possessing distinct editorial skills.

Yes, the job of a proofreader was different from that of a copy editor. Continue reading “Proofreaders? Copy Editors? What’s the Difference? (And Why Should You Care?)”