Makes me think of ‘Double double, toil and trouble…” Ah Shakespeare coined the phrase well.
Well, this post isn’t about Shakespeare. No, this is more about the being that I am trying to be published, I thought it prudent recently to find out what the format of a manuscript should be, if I ever need to send it off to an agent or editor. I had first thought about it after reading one of Tim Kane’s post on what not to do when you submit a manuscript. I knew some of the things, like playing with fonts. A big no-no. And changing page margins to fit more words on the page. Uh, yeah, they are seriously not going to like that.
However, I didn’t know about the not hitting the Tab button to indent, and the single space after a sentence, rules. You wouldn’t think those would be big things, but I learned typing in the old manner of hit the tab to indent and hit two spaces after a sentence. Even now, as I type this, I am double spacing. I have it so ingraned in my head, I don’t know how I will ever get out of that. And the thought of reformatting all my written things. Pages and pages of double space after a period. Egads, I shudder to think of what to do in that manner. Does anyone have any suggestion to remove that little uh oh?
Breaking a habit like that seems impossible. Hitting the tab key I think I can fix, so long as I figure out the auto tab setting. Which for those of you who are interested, it’s five spaces. Tab seems to indent about, oh, ten. Or more. I can understand why an editor wouldnt’ like that because it really does take up lots of extra spaces.
I don’t even know why I indent when I write. Habit again, I suppose. I was drilled on indenting for every new paragraph. It’s stuck there. But it isn’t even really that necessary when I type. And going back to indent is a whole lot easier than un-indenting. Trust me, I’ve played around with it.
Well, it’s been interesting to read what to do and what not to do, because it isn’t set in stone. Sure, like I said about margins, fonts and tabs, seem to be pretty much universal. Oh, so is double spacing the lines. But then there are others that supposedly are a bit more fluid. All depending on who you send it to.
I’m just not enjoying this habit breaking I’m going to have to do. See, there I double spaced again. I dont’ even think about it. Personally, I don’t like single spaced anyhow, or hwo it looks. I don’t see enough of a break. Well, I guess I have to conform, but I think the double space is a dumb rule. I don’t even quite get what kernaling is.
Any thoughts? Any suggestions on breaking the habit? I never though I could change my cursive ‘T’, but I have. So I guess things are possible.
- Using indents and tabs (marsha4852.wordpress.com)
- My short cuts – using Tabs effectively (libroediting.com)