The easiest way to learn proof reading

Proof reading illustration

Have you ever feel frustrated due to your writing skills? Perhaps its not about your writing, but its about how many books you’ve been reading, and how those reading hour helping you in improving your skill. There is an old aphorism ever mentioned, “a pilot will be considered as a real one when he already has 10 000 hours”.

A man with skill of proof reading can be considered as an experience and smart reader at it’s best. Which means he is not only reading but also try to figure out what kind of language, style, anecdote, that can be used within his writing. Some of journal reviewers even able to differentiate whether some author behind a paper is a native American or British.

I would like to share a unique tips about how to improve your proof reading skill. The tips is called 5% progress daily. What does it mean? It means that writing is not a single action work. It’s a crystallization of writing hour and sweat that you pour into your paper.

So what is 5% progress. The idea behind 5% progress everyday is the effort to improve and challenge your paper to have 5% differences everyday. The next question is, How we do that?

Here is the step

There is no millions miles of journey if you even haven’t started it yet. Be brave to write anything. Lets take an example. First try to write 5 sentences about your hobby.

Example :

I really love to play basketball. This sport could help me in releasing my stress. I also like this sport because of its speed. My role model on this sport is Michael Jordan. Sometime I could stay at 4 in the morning just to watch a final of NBA.

After writing those example. Lets try to improve it by putting more Jargon within this piece. And lets do it on the next day after your first day writing.

My biggest hobby is playing basketball. This sport is able to help releasing my stress. One of the character from this sport that I like so much is its speed. I have Michael Jordan as a role model. Sometime I could stay at 4 in the morning just to watch a final of NBA.

After that, try to see, whether this improvement already increase 5% or not. How to do it. Let use a free app called tessy.id.

Then login through your facebook account.

Choose Adhoc comparison

And paste the improvement that you have been putting

dont forget to choose text
`By using text comparison, we could ease the process with copying the text
The similarity from the previous text was 39%

So what does it mean by having 39% of similarity. It means that we have improved our text by 61%. Which means, proof reading process has been started here. The number is beyond 5%, and we already learn how to keep the meaning by changing the word, grammar, and even vocabulary.

To sum up, writing a paper is a never ending process in our life. There is no such an everest in this work. To motivate you. Here is some quote from great writers that is published in theatlantic.com

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” — Elmore Leonard, Newsweek, 1985
“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — wholeheartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.” — Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, On the Art of Writing, 1916
“I have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” — Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory, 1966