Whether it was a program’s auto-correct or an online service like Grammarly, almost everyone has been saved from an embarrassing mistake once or twice thanks to digital proofreaders. But many people seem to have forgotten that proofreading is not the same as editing.
Proofreaders can improve the technical elements of your prose, but offer no help at all when it comes to the art of writing. They are not a shortcut to good writing; just another tool in your toolbox.
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a short email, a 500-word blog post, or a novel. The same advice applies. Read your work. Read it slowly. And then read it again.
Read. Read. Repeat. It really is that simple.