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Hello Sputnik community,
As a staff writer I frequently get asked about “the right way to write a review” (as if there is a right way), and for tips and pointers by users that want to step up and provide new content to the site. While the creative process is different from person to person, there is one thing that, regardless of if it’s your first review or your 100th, should be a part of the writing process: proofreading. No matter how clearly you think you have laid out your ideas, little kinks have a nasty habit of popping up and sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to catch them before you hit submit. To help out with catching grammatical errors, improving flow, and curbing wordiness you can visit the oft underused proofreading forum (here), where you can get a peer review from some of the more helpful community members and the staff. Even if you don’t want to write a review, you can still help out by offering advice and helping those who do. Please don’t let this beneficial feature go to waste.

Thank you for your time,
Adam Thomas (redskyformiles)





klap
10.01.10
public service announcement

Terrifyer
10.01.10
cool

Athom
10.01.10
part of my community service

patroneyes
10.01.10
y so serious?

Deviant.
10.01.10
Red gives back

Emim
10.01.10
I've had a couple people send me reviews to proofread before.

"there is one thing that, regardless of if it’s your first review or your 100th, should be a part of the writing process: proofreading."

thisthisthisthisthis

Urinetrouble
10.01.10
ive started proofreading my reviews before i post them

bloc
10.01.10
Waior asked me once but I said no

Emim
10.01.10
"Waior asked me once but I said no"

That's disgusting, bloc

bloc
10.01.10
lol

morrissey
10.02.10
Thanks for this Adam. Hopefully people start taking advantage of the help on offer. My services are always available as well, though the single best advice anyone can give is to a) type your work in a word processing program with a spell/grammar check; it won't catch everything but it will address the most glaring issues, b) let your work sit for a period; we're all anxious to publish our work but do yourself and the readers the bare minimum favour of reviewing it with fresh eyes.

That said, I have reviews on this site from 2006 I still haven't proofread so who am I to talk.

Winsomniac
10.02.10
Didn't know about that feature. It sounds pretty cool. If I ever decide to sack up and write a review, I'll definitely use it. I have much to learn. Thank you, staffkitty.

mynameischan
10.02.10
proofreadings for suckers

mynameischan
10.02.10
that's because i don't review shitty thrash

SowingSeason
10.02.10
microsoft word is my proofreader. although i could probably stand to benefit from trying this at least once.

Athom
10.02.10
i've never read yours either.

mynameischan
10.02.10
oh sorry

that was so easy to misinterpret!

AggravatedYeti
10.02.10
ilu for this.

Captain North
10.02.10
If only I could access the forum.

Waior
10.02.10
"Waior asked me once but I said no"

yeah sad

DaveyBoy
10.02.10
Adam, I hope you got someone to proofread this? You gotta practice what you preach.

bloc
10.02.10
"yeah sad "

You remember

Enotron
10.03.10
alright just posted a review in thar

Athom
10.03.10
I'm about to head out for a while. I'll check it tonight when I get back. In the meantime I suggest you go to http://pitchfork.com/news/40270-watch-kanye-west-on-snl/

couldwinarabbit
10.03.10
profreading is stupid

qwe3
10.03.10
holy shit redsky thank you that was amazing

Enotron
10.03.10
but yeah if anybody would care to check through it for errors real quick, besides redsky, i'd much appreciate it. just trying to get it in before downer beats me up.

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