Print out and redraft

This is the most useful advice to any writer. To produce polished, professional work, you cannot depend entirely on writing and reading on screen. On screen you will read what you expect to see, not what is actually there.

Instead, print your text out, with 1.5 or double line spacing, and read it on paper. Take a red pen or a pencil and mark all corrections on the page. Don't hold back.

Read the text aloud, or as if aloud. In this way, you will spot infelicities of style, repeated words, spelling mistakes, or lapses in the flow of your words.

Then go back to the screen and input all your corrections.

Repeat the process as many times as you feel is necessary.

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