Recently I was asked to proofread a novel that is close to publication. I noticed that as I got into the story, I had to stop myself from just reading the story and go back to reading word for word and do the job I had been set.
I tend to only read a few pages at a time and focus on multiple things while proofreading, as that seems to help me pick up more than if I continue reading for extended periods of time.
I have noticed with my critique partners, they miss more errors, when my story picks up the pace and some (absolutely wonderful and amazing) action takes place.
If you are a reader and not a writer, do you notice errors in the slower parts of novels just as much as you notice them in the fast action packed part? Or do errors stand out more so, in the dragging, not so interesting parts?
When you are critiquing someone else’s work, how do you stay focused on the task at hand and not miss any mistakes or possible improvements when the story picks up pace?
If you are an editor or proof reader, do you have any tips?