Three tips for an error-free award entry

If you’ve written a business award entry, you’ll also need to edit and proofread it. The problem is, we’re too close to our own work to proofread it perfectly. A fresh pair of eyes is the real answer.

But if you don’t have anyone to help you, at least leave the award entry overnight so you can get some distance from your writing, When you start work the next day, you’ll have your own fresh pair of eyes with which to read your award entry content.

If you are doing it yourself, here’s how:

  • Proofread from a hard copy. When you read something on paper rather than on screen, you catch more mistakes.
  • Read one syllable at a time. By reading one syllable at a time you’ll find more mistakes than if you see the complete word as a whole. It’s time consuming but all good proofreading is.
  • If the award entry isn’t too long, read backwards from the last word. You’ll see every word in isolation.
  • Read your award entry aloud. You’ll hear the mistakes. You’ll stumble over incorrectly spelled words or bad punctuation.

For help with writing, proofreading or editing your business awards, contact Award Writers at Proof Communications on 02 8036 5532 or 0411 123 216 or head to the contact page.

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