Stage three: Close-up view

Stage Three (Close-up View) is referred to as proofreading and is done after the other two stages. Proofreading is editing for accurate and consistent expression and presentation. Proofreading is essential to identify any errors in expression or presentation that may make your writing unclear, inaccurate or difficult to understand.

During the proofreading stage, you’re checking spelling, punctuation, grammar and formatting. You will need to focus a sharp eye on your writing. It is best to do this stage after a few days or a week after completing your draft so that you have a fresh approach and view. You can proofread on the computer or on a print-out - it depends on your learning style. However, you’ll be able to spot errors more obviously in a print-out. If you choose to proofread on the computer, be careful about accepting grammar suggestions as these may not be accurate. Use a ruler to follow each line of your work so that you are consciously doing close proofreading. Here are some guidelines for proofreading your work.

Guidelines for stage three: close-up view

Use the following guidelines to help you proofread your writing. Remember, you’re focussing on the specifics and consistency of presentation and expression. Check for these features of your writing at the proofreading stage.