LawProse Lesson 360: A Tip on Revision and Proofreading.

LawProse Lesson 360: A Tip on Revision and Proofreading.

Reviewing your own prose for improvements is a cognitively challenging task. You’re trying to spot problems—wherever they might lurk—and fix them. If you’re a self-editor with at least moderate skills, you’ll do better in more than one go. The task entails repetition. The challenge is to see your piece a little differently each time.

Here’s a valuable tip: In one of your read-throughs (but never your last), make an electronic copy in which you radically change the typeface, the font size, and the margins. The copy is so that you won’t be messing up your master version. Choose an 18-point version of some typeface you’ve never heard of—one that looks fairly readable—and set the margins at two inches. Print it out for hand-marking. The physical changes on the page will promote your ability to give your prose a fresh look. You’ll be able to read the piece more as a stranger would. You’ll spot and fix problems more effectively. Try it.

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