“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
So let’s have some fun! As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to faithful long-time and new followers here, I thought it might be fun to have a contest for folks to try their hand at a little bit of editing.
What’s that you say? That sounds more like punishment than fun? Well, even editors need editors, and I hope you’ll all help me edit my novel before I’m through with this third draft.
Besides, there’s not much, it’s easy, and it might help train our eyes for things to look out for as we write.
Maybe this will persuade you: everyone will be a winner. Everyone who participates will receive mention and grateful thanks in the acknowledgements.
Wait, there’s more! The person who finds the most corrections – I count 16 mistakes (with one that could be counted as a 17th) spread out among the four paragraphs that follow – will receive a complementary edit of up to ten pages in any genre.
And here’s a bonus: If someone finds something I’ve missed, or has one or more suggestions for improvement that I agree with, s/he will receive a free copy once the novel is published.
So if you’re ready to help out this editor …
You’ll see four paragraphs below. Each one is from a different part of the book. I’ll start you off with a hint: there are a couple of things among the usual spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes that need to be corrected.
Okay, another hint is that one graph has several mistakes in it and another has only two.
The contest runs through the weekend. Let’s set a deadline of 7:00 Eastern Standard Time (in the U. S.) on Monday morning. Use the ‘Comments’ feature to post your corrections or send me your email if you prefer more privacy.
I truly hope you have fun with this. Good luck, and thank you so much for your faithfulness and company!