Ishmael wrote:And since we're talking about typos, maybe this is a good time to mention that text reader programs do read out what you've written whereas when you read it through you read what you think you've written.
Alternative is getting a helpful friend to read it for you, or even, some say, to reading it aloud.
Ishmael, you have mentioned this advice before - I think it's fantastic! - and after reading it I started doing something like it. I tweaked it a bit, so what I do is read my story out loud while recording it. I then go somewhere quiet to sit and listen to the playback. For me it works wonderfully for catching typos, figuring out word rearrangement issues, where breathing breaks should be (does that comma belong there?!), if my paragraph breaks makes sense, etc.
Also, I find doing this helps makes the story feel fresh to me, by listening to it, and I don't get too caught up in staring at the page trying to see the forest but for all the trees...
Whenever I try using the text reader program just as a fail-safe, I regularly find errors I've missed. Silly little things like 'though' for 'through' for example. Also when I'm editing I seem quite often to leave 'the the' where maybe I've tried to shorten 'the shell of the turtle' to 'the turtle's shell' etc. You can snap the speed up to 150 wpm and still pick up the errors, I find.
What it won't do is pick up unclosed or unopened speech marks. I often do that too.