Monday, April 11, 2016

More than one pair of eyes

One of the first things you learn as a copyeditor is that no one ever catches their own mistakes. You always, always have someone else check behind you.

Even dragons are blind to their
own mistakes.
Why? Because when you mean to write something one way, every time you read it, your eyes know what you meant to write, and therefore you will only see what you had meant. You can read the same sentence sixty times and never realize you had an extra x in your exxample.

It's not a sign of being less competent, or of being less than careful. That's just how our brains work. And as such, it's just smart to make sure someone else is looking behind you.

So grab a partner and have them read behind you. Trust me. It will make a difference.

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