Re: Psst .... REQ: Title of exercise book?

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Thu Aug 30 2001 - 22:59:26 MDT

"" wrote:
> Anybody have a good exercise for proof-reading and spell checking?!
> I just can't seem to get the knack of the eye-to-brain-to-finger-to-keyboard routine. I rush through the darn exercise without any zen-type focus. If I did this with yoga I'd loose my balance in no time flat. If I did this with bodybuilding, I'd surely suffer from a sports injury or worse. (Damien, no comments please -:))

Do you mean for off-the-cuff stuff (like emails), or longer works
(i.e., those that take at least an hour to write the first draft of)?

For longer stuff, once you've written the story, save it and do
something else for at least an hour. (At least a day works better, if
it's a truly serious effort that takes days or longer.) *Then*, with
the text purged from your short term memory, go back and read it,
looking for spelling and grammar errors.

For off-the-cuff, get in the habit of rereading your email just before
you send it. Basically a compressed form of the above, since
off-the-cuff shouldn't take an hour to do.

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