Short Story Format, Pg. 2

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Shunn / Format / 2 wide as every other. It’s easier for an editor to detect spelling errors in a monospaced font than in a proportional font like Times New Roman (in which the “i” uses less horizontal space than the “m” does). With a monospaced font, there will also be fewer characters on each line, which can make your manuscript easier to scan. Still, many writers have come to prefer Times New Roman, and either is usually acceptable. (If in doubt, consult your intended market’s submission guidelines.) Set your font size to 12 points. Use nice wide margins all around your pages. There should be at least an inch to each side of the text--top, bottom, left, and right. Always double-space between lines. Never submit a single-spaced manuscript. The editor needs room to make corrections and other typographical marks between lines--but not too much room, so don’t triple-space either. The guidelines I’ve offered so far will give you pages of about 250 to 300 words apiece. This may increase your page count, but don’t fret about that. It’s easier to read a lot of pages with fewer words on each than it is to read a few pages with lots of words on each, and as a result your story may feel as if it reads faster than otherwise. Now, to the first page of your manuscript. Place your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the upper left corner. If you belong to a professional writing organization, you may list your membership beneath this information, but only

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Now go ahead and study a sample excerpt from a novel manuscript.
What similarities do you notice? What differences?

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