Friday, August 1, 2008

Hey freelance writers: Have I mentioned the extra space?

Anyone out there who learned to type back when it was called "Typing" probably has the same obstacle to overcome... and it's a doozy, if you ask your very stubborn right thumb.

It's the extra space between sentences. And it's a sure giveaway that you're a rookie freelance writer.

Here's how it looks. You've got these huge spaces between sentences. Like this. See them? You hit the space bar twice after any ending punctuation. Including exclamation points! And question marks? See?

Here's how it's supposed to be. One space between sentences. Just one. Not two.

Honestly, I don't know why it changed. It's got something to do with typesetting (does anyone even do that anymore? I really don't know.)

Regardless of the reason, it's in CMS and it's one of the fastest (though maybe hardest) ways to make your writing shine and help you to really look like you know what you're doing : )

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