Sketches, illustrations, quotes, doodles, and comics from my fantasy novel, "Forest", the first book in the Forest Stories series that I am going to self-publish. It will be available this late spring/early summer. Search this blog for "synopsis" to read the book summary.
Ask anything about myself, my art, writing, or the book series/characters. I'll post your questions and answer them!
©2012 characters, places, and other fictional content, including artwork. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE REBLOGGING as long as you leave the copyright symbol/any info I include with the post =) Thank you.
I’ll be doing a series of these every Wednesday as a part of my new upload schedule. Today’s writing tip (or guide I guess, since it got a bit long) is all about formatting. Here on tumblr I’ll be posting a major snippet, for those who just want a quicker read. The full thing (with more information and examples) can be viewed on my wordpress blog.
· JUSTIFY YOUR TEXT: This is the number one problem I see. Justification makes both the left side and right side of the text align, making it look cleaner and far more professional. When you start a new word document, your text is usually left aligned by default. Some people argue that left aligned text is easier to read since each line has a different length, and thus you can better keep track of which one you’re on. Even if that holds true for you personally, it still ends up looking sloppy outside of particular cases where there are design reasons for it (such as in graphic design or poetry). It might distract or irk people you share your work with.
· CONSIDER LINE SPACING: Line spacing is how far apart each line of writing is from the ones above it and below. For an easy example, think back to the essays you had to write for school that required “double-spacing”; that’s a line spacing of 2.0. This is mostly a personal preference thing and could take a whole article to fully explain, but for a normal novel (not one for children or those with vision problems), you shouldn’t use a line spacing of more than 1.5. Depending on the font, it will probably look childish even at that size. To use line spacing to make your text a bit easier to read, try bumping it up to 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3. For Forest, I use 1.15.
· TABS: This is the other problem I see a lot due to the default settings for Word. At default in Word, your tabs (that is, the space that appears at the front of a line when you press “tab” or start a new line) are set to 0.5 inches. Even if this looks okay on a digital screen, if your essay or book gets printed (even if just for a friend’s benefit) that tabbed indent will look enormous. Try changing the default tabs in Word to 0.25 inches instead. It looks cleaner and more professional.
You can find setting for changing tabs under the “paragraph” window in Word. In the window that pops up you’ll see the “tabs” button in the bottom left corner.
Go here for the full blog post: http://silverwatermist.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/wednesday-writing-tip-1-formatting/
You can also check out the Forest Stories Facebook page, where I’ll post links to these weekly Wednesday writing tips and more. Feel free to request topics for next Wednesday, or give me your feedback/opinion on the tip from this week! =)
Today I’m going to be posting some writing tips, either things that I’ve learned/realized while editing Forest this past year or articles written by professionals, or reblogs from Tumblr. Every Wednesday I’m going to be doing one slightly longer write-up of a tip and posting it here and on my Wordpress blog. I want to try to focus on things that I’ve put into practice or plan to practice with so that I know what the heck I’m talking about =P
I’m open to taking suggestions or requests, feel free to send them through the Ask Me Something feature! I’ll be reblogging some things today and post my own write-up later on.
If you’re interested in the new weekly schedule for here and my Forest Stories facebook page, you can take a look via this lovely image that I’m using as the timeline cover on the FB page:
Imagine your favorite character barging into your room this moment, grabbing your hand, and taking you with them into their world