An internet first: a novel-length proofreading exercise!
So far as I’m aware, this hasn’t been done before. Most proofreading exercises are a few hundred words, which is fine, because a great many proofreading assignments in the real world consist of a few hundred words: a brochure, a leaflet, an advertisement, a sales letter etc. But some of them are bigger than a few hundred words. Considerably bigger. Some of them are thousands of words in length: books, manuals, annual reports, prospectuses etc.
So, I decided to create a proofreading exercise that would require the kind of endurance, the kind of long-term concentration and patience needed to proofread a novel or a catalogue.
The novel from which I’ve decided to generate my proofreading exercise is Peter Pan. Why? Because it’s a thoroughly enjoyable read. And nothing is harder to proofread than a thoroughly enjoyable read. A good narrative – and Peter Pan is a great narrative – pulls you along. Before you know it, your eyes will be skimming across the pages and you’ll completely forget you weren’t supposed to be reading, you were supposed to be proofreading!
As with my other proofreading exercises, this is not jam-packed with obvious errors that practically leap off the page. There are less than 100 errors in total, so we’re talking needles and haystacks. Plus the errors are, by and large, reasonably subtle.
Unlike my previous proofreading exercises, this one isn’t free. It required quite a bit of work, so I’ve attached a small 'fee'. It's going to cost you the princely sum of one 'tweet'.
Just click on the 'Pay with a Tweet' button below and you will be redirected to your Twitter account. Tweet the pre-loaded message and you will be redirected to the download page where you'll find your novel-length proofreading exercise and answers.
Best of luck!
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