That’s right: FREE proofreading worksheets. 20 of the things, no less. We can’t believe that most proofreading courses have the audacity to expect you to part with your hard-earned cash for proofreading worksheets. Here at The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course, we’re giving our proofreading worksheets away completely free of charge.
We do, however, want you to do us a little favour before we part with these worksheets. We have put quite a lot of time and effort into them, after all.
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About your free proofreading worksheets
These aren’t just any proofreading worksheets, by the way. They’ve been created by a proofreader with more than 20 years of proofreading experience (that would be me). Most proofreading worksheets are crammed with errors, in the mistaken belief that somehow this will maximise the work required and result in a more thoroughly exercised proofreader. The opposite is actually closer to the truth. A proofreading worksheet stuffed full of mistakes is an easy proofreading worksheet; the errors practically leap off the page. Furthermore, these overstuffed proofreading worksheets don’t in any way reflect the real world of proofreading.
In the real world, the people whose work you will be proofreading will take a great deal of pride in their output. If their work is riddled with spelling errors and grammatical goofs, they will be mortified. No, in the real world, errors are few and far between. And this is where the hard work begins, the sifting and prying that distinguishes a truly great proofreader from someone who is merely ‘good at spelling’. A truly great proofreader knows it’s a needle-in-a-haystack situation and approaches that challenge with relish.
To reflect proofreading in the real world, each of these proofreading worksheets contains only a handful of errors, with some of the errors being not so much grammatical as 'stylistic glitches in continuity'. These can be particularly difficult to spot.
Best of luck with these proofreading worksheets, and the very best of luck with all your future proofreading endeavours!