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How to do content editing and proofing?

Here we go about how to do content editing and proofreading?

This is not a training manual or course work of how to start your writing or proofreading career, though may be helpful up to some extent to new content editors and authors.
Here I am supposing that you are someone who has written your own content after struggling with research, your article is ready to publish, but before you click publish or submit it to your employer, check and recheck for errors. Here is how to?

As a first step look which paragraphs are longer than usual (this is a bit of styling part), break it into two or more. If required add or delete few lines or words.

Check facts and figures, it’s important, sometime in flow of writing, words keep coming and unusual stuff ads, watch for these. For example your writing is about radioactivity (this is a portion in college physics), since Curie fascinates you, there appearing so many phrases about her life. Mind it your writing is about Radioactivity and not about its inventor, focus on your theme, a reader should be reading this article for radioactivity, match your content with the theme.

Define heading and subheading- If you have predefined them; well, if not insert headings ad sub headings so that your article looks appealing. An article broken into multiple heading seems interesting and easy to grasp.

Be technically correct. Be original, Sun rises in the East, check if you have said Sun rises in the North. Your spell check software won't catch this something called blunder.
Be accurate; don't measure the thickness of an elephant with a screw gauge.

Check use of words- singulars and plurals, right use of verbs, use of synonyms, antonyms and special characters like; ‘: “ blah, blah, …. if these are used precisely in your article.

Check spelling manually, focus on every word, reading end to end spelling. Do not rely on word processor. However, as final step run spell and grammar check utility from your computer.

Take help of dictionary, like Cambridge or Online Encarta, Britannica etc. Use standard ones; do not rely upon cheap stuff.

Once done read your article as a reader, justify if this is something fascinates you as a reader.
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