While everyone is busy working on those Christmas letters and and cards, I think a quick reminder about the flaws of spell-check and the value of proofreading is in order.
So you ran your manuscript through spell-check and meticulously corrected every error. Thus, it has officially been edited…right? Sorry.
There is nothing more important than a human-eye review.
I repeat: Nothing is more important than having a human review your work.
What’s wrong with spell-check?
Using the spell-checking feature on your computer is absolutely the first step you should take before finalizing a manuscript (or email or newsletter or anything else). However, there are plenty of major errors that a computer just won’t catch.
Humans have a hard enough time noticing homonyms. (Homonyms=words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently or contain different meanings.) We can’t expect a computer to catch these for us.
If you misspell a number, spell-check will correct it because it is a word. However, if you mistype a number then spell-check won’t know that it is incorrect.
It is easy…
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