Beside from the obvious points of checking for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, here are few tips on increasing the accuracy of your articles:
1. Do not make any mistakes
The best way to avoid errors is not to make them in the first place!
Write your articles when you are in a good mood. Do not write, if you are upset, angry or constantly distracted. By concentrating well you can avoid mistakes. It is much easier to avoid mistakes in the first place rather than scanning for errors and fixing them later on.
Do not parallel task doing other activities while writing. Allocate time exclusively for your writing. Pick a time slot that will allow you to work without many interruptions.
2. Get someone else to proof read your content
When we write, most of us go over the same sentence many times. Therefore the words you choose and the sentences that you form are unconsciously recorded in your memory.
Therefore when you proof read your own article, you have the tendency to read it the way you intended to write it, not the way it is actually written! This happens due to your prior knowledge (in memory) of the article.
But when someone else proof reads your article they come across the content for the very first time. They do no have any preconceived ideas about your article. Not knowing what is coming next allows one to read with more interest and attention. Therefore it is easier for someone else to spot errors quickly.
3. Read it aloud
If you do not have anyone to proof read your work, read the article aloud by yourself. By reading aloud you can spot grammatical errors and poor sentences.
4. Use a Text-to-Speech program to read your article
Another technique I use to proof read my articles is using Text-to-Speech software. Text-to-Speech software can read any typed text. I use a software called Natural Reader. Using this software I can listen to my writing before publishing it. Text-to-speech software follows punctuations, such as commas and full stops. Therefore it is very easy to identify complex sentences. By listening to your text, you can easily identify spelling and grammatical errors as well.
5. Give it a rest for a week
Finally, another technique I employ is to write an article and give it a rest. Now, start working on a second article. After a week re-visit the first article for proof reading. By this time, most of your memory of the first article would have diminished, because you have been focusing on the second article. This allows you to read the first article as it is written. You’ll be amazed how many mistakes and issues you will come across. You will not only find errors but also find better ways to reword poorly written sentences. But this technique is not useful if you have any time limitations for publishing your article.
I hope the above 5 simple tips will allow you to write better quality articles. If you know any other proofreading techniques, please feel free to share them.