A tip today, a quiz Tuesday

If you have trouble spotting typos and grammatical errors in your own work, try reading from the bottom up at least once. I have found this helpful when I am proofreading. I read the last paragraph first and work my way backward through the piece. This method is not foolproof, but you might spot more typos if you read the words out of context. Proofreading needs full concentration, as does copy editing, but you might do better to focus on the trees instead of the forest.

I will have another quiz ready to post Tuesday morning.

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