I agree, it is a pain. I think the hardest part is knowing when you can stop. I usually stop at the point where I can’t bear the thought of going through one more time. I will look into those tools. Thank you for the tips
Self editing is a pain. It is inefficient. And sometimes totally incompetent.
But what is the novice to do? Not every writer is in a position to invest in a good proofreader and /or editor. Should you publish a flawed piece of work, or possibly not publish at all? It depends on what your real goal is. Consider if you want to get out a good story, but just can’t get over that last huddle, should you publish or not. Is a minor error going to kill it. Remember I said a minor flaw here or there, not an incompetent piece of writing.
First, write the best you can. Do your own proofing using tools that you can obtain free. Spell check is the first. Slick Write is another great tool. I find after I have read my rough draft two to three times and employed these tools, I am ready for…
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