How Can I Find Goofs in My Own Work When I Proofread?

ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs

Proofreading is an intimidating task and proofreading your work is even more challenging. One reason it is so complicated is that you as the writer see what you think you see on the page, not what is there.

If you just don’t have the resources available to hire an editor, especially if you are a self-published author struggling with a budget, one convenient way to proofread your work is to use the read-out-loud function in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

First, you save your work in Microsoft Word and convert the file into a .pdf file.  Then, open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader and using the view tab, navigate to the ‘read out loud’ feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader.  This will provide you with the option to ‘activate’ the feature.  Once activated, other options will be made available that will help you to proof your work.  Finally, grab some headphones or speakers and listen for errors in the audio of your written document.

While this simple proofreading technique is not the answer to all of your editing needs, you can get rid of obvious goofs in your writing project because this feature reads your writing on the page as it is and you will hear the errors as you listen.

For instance, if you type “Sally made a trip store to buy groceries” your mind may not see the error. However, Adobe will read this to you exactly as it is and you will be able to hear how ridiculous this sounds, thus be able to correct the error.


We will address other editing and proofreading issues in another article, but for now, keep this technique in mind as an affordable way to self-edit.

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