We all tend to make spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, especially when we are in a hurry to submit a written output. No wonder proofreading is so important as it ensures that the document is flawless before it is turned in.
But did you know that there’s a day especially devoted to celebrating the importance of proofreading? There is, and it happens on March 8 every year.
National Proofreading is a day that gives people the opportunity to proofread their work and ensure that their writing is free from errors. It was first celebrated in 2011, thanks to Judy Beaver who created the occasion in memory of her mother who loved to correct people.
You can celebrate this year’s National Proofreading Day by thanking and appreciating that friend or coworker who always checks your work before you submit it. You might also want to look at your own written pieces and try to polish them.
- “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” — Oscar Wilde
- “The true sign of acceptance of oneself is the capability to share your story without proofreading it first.” — Christine E. Szymanski
- “A good editor doesn’t rewrite words, she rewires synapses.” — Kelly Harrell
- “Muphry’s Law: ‘If you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.'” — Mary Norris
- “Read your paper backward, sentence by sentence, as a final proofreading step. This technique isolates each sentence and makes it easier to spot errors you may have overlooked in previous readings.” — Claire B
- “While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.” — Tiffany Madison
- “All writing is guilty until proven innocent.” — A.D. Aliwat
- “When you write a story, you are telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are NOT the story… Your stuff starts out being just for you… but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right, as right as you can… it belongs to anyone who wants to read it, or criticise it.” — Stephen King