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Checking your document

This is going to be a brief chapter for very good reason. You may find checking a document both boring and unproductive, convinced that you cannot find mistakes. This will probably be because you follow the schoolchild’s method of checking: reading the document through, twice, from start to finish. This is, for many writers, the worst possible way to check, because it means that they are checking as writers rather than as readers, reviewing the work in exactly the same order in which they wrote it.

I have already considered with you, in the chapter ‘Positive pauses’, the value to be derived from alienating yourself from your work so that you can see it as a reader rather than a writer. You ...

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