Proofreading proves just how slow I am at reading

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I am proofreading this week in freelance work. And it is becoming glaringly obvious how slow of a reader I am.

Back in the day, when I was a reviewer, I would often hit a point where I had to pick out the slimmer books in the TBR stacks in order to have a HOPE at making deadline.

Which, reading for story and enjoyment is one thing. Everyone has parts of the story where they naturally skim or just flick their gaze down lines of banter as quickly as possible.

Reading for proofreading is a whole different beast. Is there a comma missing? Is that an en dash or a hyphen? En dash or em dash? Is that name consistent with what was mentioned before?

(For added bonuses, British turns-of-phrase seem to totally throw me off. I’m either googling to confirm or writing an edit note of “I don’t even know what is going on here in order to suggest a fix?”)

But I have two days to proof a long novel, and, as a result, this post is short :P. What about you? Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? Would you ever proofread or would that just be too slow of a pace for your reader brain?

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  1. I feel the need to comment since I just finished an editing course in which I learned my issue is that I read too fast. In terms of volume, I don’t read fast. I think over the past few years I’ve actually slowed down because I don’t have to read around 10 books, plus a stack of extra readings, for classes. But I did notice that when I edit I read too quickly and I miss things. I had to start blocking the text ahead as I went so I would stop and think.
    And I have to say that I don’t skim. Ever. I don’t know why, but I don’t. I’m a stubborn reader though. I will admit I zone out if I get bored but I usually go back.

    1. I am just a slow reader. I attempted to learn speed reading once but couldn’t remember what I had read. When I read, I do a lot of sub-vocalization which pretty much means I can read as fast as I can talk (mercifully, my throat doesn’t hurt as much after, though).

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