This discussion summarises a question that often comes up by students and professional writers looking to fine-tune their works before submission. In quite a few cases, the individuals hold the technical know-how and linguistic command to proofread documents. Naturally, many of them consider the idea of handling their own proofreading. However, this is not necessarily the best approach when it comes to dealing with one's own work, and this discussion addresses some of the reasons why proofreading one's own work might not always produce the best results, along with basic solutions to deal with associated challenges.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:06 am ad1c9bdddf
The quality and consistency of grammar, syntax and spelling, in both academic and professionally published documents, remains a pertinent matter of concern. Many writers and students also happen to have adequate experience in basic proofreading to deal with such matters. In certain cases, the writer in question might even have an academic qualification in a subject relating to writing, editing and publishing. However, there is something to be said about competent writers proofreading their own work before submission, which can compromise the quality of the proofreading.
When it comes to detecting grammatical and syntax errors, as well as structural consistency issues in documents, a writer engaged in both the act of putting together the document and then laying down the finer touches, might habituate to the standard pattern of errors and slipups that are naturally bound to occur in the document. In other words, writers are at risk of making common mistakes while engrossed in putting together a document, which is perfectly normal and to be expected, but in the process they also become accustomed to the mistakes in a manner where they might miss out on detecting the mistakes even when engaged in ...
Authors and students fluent in their command of writing and editing most certainly have proofreading skills at hand, but this does not necessarily mean that they will not be blind to the errors and issues found within their own writings, which is why a case can be made for having secondary oversight of the proofreading process.