How to Know if Proofreading is Your Passion

Quick Quiz

  1. Do you consider yourself an honorary member of the Grammar Police?
  2. Are you the type of person who corrects other people’s writing in your mind, offering feedback only if you’re asked?
  3. Does spotting a typographical error in a document give you goosebumps of glee?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then it is quite possible that proofreading is your passion.

Proofreading is Fun for You

I know that proofreading is my passion because it has always been a fun activity for me. While other kids were blasting through the pages of colorful, word-sparse comic books, I was pouring over magazines and newspaper articles, finding grammatical errors, noting misused semicolons, and discovering new terms to later look up and enhance my vocabulary.

A Macbook Air laptop on a colorful desk with pens and notebooks, photo ©Kate Dana
Proofreader desk set up while living in Colombia. Keyboard spots from excessive typing. Photo © Kate Dana

Quick Quiz 2:

  1. Do you feel as elated as an athlete winning a tournament when you spot a misspelling within minutes of reading?
  2. Do you feel a spark of excitement when you move a comma and it changes the entire meaning of a sentence?
  3. Do you happily accept requests from others to “review this for any errors,” holding back your enthusiasm for fear of being overworked?

If you answered yes and you find these things fun, then it is very possible that proofreading is your passion.

By the way, that last one about being overworked? It comes from reading about people whose passion turned to pain when they did too much of what they loved. The secret to this is, like everything else in life, knowing when to take a break.

Then get back in there!

You Might Enjoy Being a Proofreader If You…

  • possess a natural talent for scanning and evaluating information for clarity and purpose
  • revel in summarizing articles and books to extract the most inclusive, overall synopsis
  • consider the reader, their level of literacy, and their comprehension first when writing
  • strategize quickly and easily to create a plan for optimum productivity

Does this sound like you? Are you curious to discover more about proofreading as a passion? Then start where you are.

It’s never too late to learn new skills and satisfy your curiosity. That’s what I did, and my focus and drive have paid off.

Engage in Your Work

I enjoyed teaching English Literature and Creative Writing immensely and now I enjoy “grading” papers in the working world. When I am proofreading, I am fully engaged in my work. To me, this means focused attention and an eye for detail.

Each day, I put my passion and fun to the test as a communications analyst and blogger. In addition to Spanish translation and online content management, proofreading is part of my day job, and I consider this a gift.

I love to optimize literary content for better readability. I thrive on peer collaboration that enhances my knowledge. I am thrilled when researching word origins and histories, studying tenses, prefixes, and suffixes, and creating informative articles to educate and inspire readers.

Are you engaged in your work? If the answer is no, ask yourself what you can do to improve. Then take the first step!

A laptop next to a paper coffee cup on a patio able outdoors photo ©Ketut Subiyanto for
Take it outside! Proofreading is an excellent profession for remote work. Photo © Pexels

Become the Best Version of Yourself

Here are a few quick tips I recommend to get yourself moving in the direction of your best self:

  • Learn new information and share what you know to inspire others. Believe in the law of abundance! One of the best books I’ve read in years is Feel Good Productivity: How to Do More of What Matters to You by Ali Abdaal, which clearly states that the secret to productivity isn’t discipline, it’s joy. Joy! How awesome is that for new and inspiring information!? There! I just shared something with you.
  • Practice patience and find the “silver lining” when faced with challenges. A challenge is merely an opportunity for you to grow and discover things about yourself, including your potential, your perseverance, and your pet peeves. Be thankful for challenges! They are how we progress.
  • Engage in weekly professional coaching sessions to enhance your well-being. If you’re not already meeting regularly with a coach, find one! A good coach will provide thought-provoking questions and support you in your journey of self-discovery. Engagement counts, too! Be an active part of the help you’re receiving and watch things happen even faster. It works!

Wrap it up and Get Ready

Remember, you can always become what you dreamed of being. Look for inspiration from people who turned their passion into profit and gained insight from experiencing and attempting new adventures. Think of every setback as just a setup for a comeback. Go forward in your life and start today!