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The best proofreader

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Here’s a question: Who makes the best proofreader?

It’s never the author—they make the worst proofreaders. They’re just too close to the intention of the writing to judge the writing. The proofreader shouldn’t even be on the project team.

Say a product development team is building a revolutionary new model of Flostenhammer, and one of the team members writes a user instruction manual. If they made an inadvertent factual error, the best person to find it would be another member of the team, because to them the mistake would stand out like a sore thumb. So a team member should check all the instructional writing they produce.

But the writing itself is different. Continue Reading…