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Fresh Eyes

NaNoEdMo is featuring an article by yours truly on how to mimic "fresh eyes" when you're tackling your edits.

Go see!

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chrissymunder
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! And I like the use of 'mimic' here. Heh. Drat that helpful brain.
becky_black
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Nice article. I've been doing the "change the font" one for a while now! And making it bigger or reading it somewhere the screen is narrow is maybe the most useful of all! I'm much more inclined to "fill" in stuff that's wrong on not there on a long line across the page.

Reading backwards is a good one too. Not literally left to right, but from the last paragraph of the page, or even the last line upwards. That's good for typo errors rather than bad phrasing etc, since it keeps you from getting caught in the flow of the story and makes you see just words. Amazing how the missing ones and the wrong ones jump out then!
ephemera
Mar. 20th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
yes - reading backwards, sentence by sentence, is one of my tricks, too - it's awkward and slow, but it does force you to *look*
jordan_c_price
Mar. 20th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I had always wondered what was meant by "reading backwards." I had imagined word-by-word and couldn't imagine what good it would do.

It still seems awfully time consuming...even doing it right.
ephemera
Mar. 20th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm dyslexic, and I do a lot of 'filling in of gaps' to make my automatic reading strategies work, which is a pretty useful most of the time, but a bitch for proofing/editing work, hence the extra tool in the tool box :D

(Reading the last sentence, and then the penultimate sentence, and then the one before that is stupidly time consuming - I might do it for a whole short story, but I mostly reserve it for scenes or chapters that I *know* my eyes are sliding off of, and it's saved my bacon a time or two!)
jordan_c_price
Mar. 21st, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
*throws confetti*

I don't believe I've ever seen the word "penultimate" used correctly before. BRAVO.

I could totally see how the backwards-read would be a great help for a dyslexic. I've know a few dyslexic writer/editors and I always feel especially pleased that, although the writing process is more difficult for the dyslexic, she loves it so much she's doing it anyway. (And I've known you all these years and not known you're dyslexic!)
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