Friday, June 11, 2010

Whitespace

Perhaps only because I'm dyslexic, but the single, most important visual element to me in a written piece is the density of the text.

I go numb if I look at paragraphs deeper than five lines. I can't keep my place, shifting from right margin to left. I place my palms together, not to pray, but to close the book. The most redundant edit mark you'll find in a piece I have critiqued, is "NP."

Some notes on the topic from Browne and King, in Self-Editing For Fiction Writers:

Breaking up into whitespace

  • Big blocks can ...
    • Come across to reader as lecturing
    • Crowd
    • Be off-putting
  • Whitespace can...
    • Add tension | clarity
    • Give dialogue snap and momentum
Write Every Day!

Regards,
Mac

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