Maybe you've read the following passage from way back in the day. Although it has drifted around the internet for about a decade now, I read it for the first time on Facebook the other week:
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae…
Now, the study isn't actually from Cambridge University but is the product of a letter explaining a thesis on how randomization of letters in the middle of words have little or no effect on the ability of skilled readers to understand the text (but memes seem to mutate and forget their origins). In any case, the excerpt demonstrates the magnificent ability of our brains to create order over chaos, even when we’re reading the mess above.
I’d argue that proofreading one’s own work can be a bit like this: You become so familiar with the content that you’re prone to miss typos and grammatical mistakes—not quite as many as the mistakes above! You gloss over and "cope" with errors because your brain comprehends the big picture.
And if you're dealing with a 25-page grant proposal, for example, that's a pretty big picture.
Improve Your Writing—Step Away from It
Taking a breather from your writing can help bring renewed energy to sometimes tedious work and formatting requirements. Just as taking a nap on your lunch break can reinvigorate you to tackle afternoon tasks, stepping away from a piece of writing—whether for a couple minutes or 24 hours—can sharpen your efforts and editorial eye.
Handing off that grant proposal to another professional might be the best step. When the eCivis grant writing team works on a peer review, for example, the grant writer sends the proposal draft to our internal editor, who then makes edits and queries to send back to the grant writer. Fresh energy, collaborative effort, and a timely team make for results like this grant win. It’s always a team effort.
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