September 22, 2018

Proofreading Printable {FREE}

As an author and former teacher, I like to encourage teachers, students and writers. I created this proofreading printable to help. It explains the differences between revisions and edits.
Too often, writers (especially student writers) tend to proofread everything all at once. Instead, it's recommended (and effective) to revise the text to make it a better story at a different time than editing for proper grammar. Trying to do it all at once leads to distractions. Trust me.

A couple years ago at a writing conference, some other writers and I were discussing proofreading. One of my writer friends (a teacher) introduced me to the acronyms CUPS and ARMS.

This is not my own idea, but I think it's helpful to have a visual representation. So I made this free proofreading printable.

When revising, remember ARMS.
  • Add words/sentences/ideas
  • Remove words/sentences
  • Move words/sentences
  • Substitute a word to better show what you mean
When editing, remember CUPS.
  • Capitalization
  • Usage
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
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Annette Whipple
Annette Whipple

Annette Whipple is a children's nonfiction author living in Pennsylvania who loves to inspire a sense of wonder in others. She also enjoys reading good books and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies.

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