The Muse has undergone a recent transformation.
I don't usually do pity posts but I'm cross with myself for having missed an error in a recent submission. It isn't the first time this has happened, so I try to be as thorough as possible about checking and re-checking my work before submitting. So why do I still occasionally miss them?
My most common mistakes are using the wrong word and not eliminating all the unnecessary words during a re-edit. These types of mistakes are nearly always spotted before submitting, though sometimes I spot them when I'm sent the proof by the editor to check. But occasionally one still slips through and when that happens I tell myself I'm not a proper writer. I convince myself a real writer would make no errors and that I must be a fraud.
Does this happen to you? Have you got tried and tested methods for spotting and eliminating mistakes? Do you rely on someone else, such as your editor or critique partner, as the final line of defence?
How do you stop the Grammar Gremlins?