2. Write in active voice rather than passive voice. Sometimes passive voice is okay to use, but in most cases, active voice creates a stronger sentence by allowing a reader to immediately visualize an action. A reader can also visualize an action in passive voice, but it can include more clutter to sift through.
PASSIVE VOICE: The novel was written over the course of three months by the author.
ACTIVE VOICE: The author wrote his novel over the course of three months.
3. Remember that homonyms are not always your friend, not even on Facebook. What are homonyms, you ask? They are words that sound similar but are spelled differently. A few common homonyms include “they’re”, “their”, and “there” or, “write” and “right”. Other ones include “to”, “too”, and “two” or “its” and “it’s”. It’s simple to confuse a word with another especially when you’re worried more about getting your ideas down on the page. However, during the proofreading process, you should check for this simple mistake.
4. Check your apostrophes. Contractions will always use apostrophes, but make sure to avoid confusing “its”, a possessive pronoun, with “it’s”, a contraction for “it is”.
5. Check for commonly confused terms. These terms include “affect” and “effect,” “assure” and “insure”, “accept” and “except”, and a host of other terms. When in doubt, check online or with an English style guide.