Once you have a finished piece of writing the next step is to edit the work for facts and grammar. This is one of the most important aspects of writing because as a respected author you need to establish credibility. An inaccurate piece of writing will hurt the author’s chance of finding a valued audience. After you go through the rewriting process you have certain responsibilities and duties to achieve in order to make sure that your work is grammatically correct. You want to check for spelling errors, possessives, correct apostrophes, plural and past tenses. In addition you want to correct any run on sentences or punctuation errors and comma usages. You are also responsible for checking work meanings, comprehension and style techniques used by the author. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the purpose of the work, to read each sentence and then each paragraph checking for errors of any kind. You also want to eliminate redundancy and make sure that the work is easy to comprehend. It is also a good technique to practice your editing skills and evaluate your before and after work.
Editing is not only focused on the grammatical portions of writing, but also making sure that the facts are accurate as well. Copy editors are held wholly responsible for the public trusting what they read. Fact checking includes many areas of writing but all comes down to making sure that the sources and information you are reading is trustworthy. Copy editors and fact checkers are responsible with checking dates, whether they are recent occasions, previous stories or historical events. They are also entrusted with checking the spelling of names, celebrities or less known figures, the names of places, accurate years and arithmetic. Fact checkers should know whether or not a person is deceased, phone numbers and time zones. They should also make sure to correctly check on quotes and even directions. The main focus a fact checker should also have is to make sure that anything that seems odd to them is checked out.
Proofreading is also a form of copyediting that revolves around not only grammar and fact checking but the writing as a whole. It is highly suggested that you come up with a checklist to focus on when editing a work of writing. This list should consist of fact checking, spell-checking, time set aside for even reading the work aloud. You should also focus on taking the time to look at every sentence individually as well as the product as a whole. Lastly, you should also take a close look at the format and make sure that the entire work flows together naturally. When all this is complete you should proof read the entire work one last time and with you credible blessing submit the work.
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