March 27, 2020 · 12:32 pm
Over at Writers in the Storm, an extremely useful writers’ site, Ellen Buikema touches on a topic I’ve seldom seen addressed in the many blogs I follow: how writers can use “white space” to make pages more inviting to readers. These pointers apply both to fiction and non-fiction (though, of course, there’s that anomaly, the academic article, with which I am very familiar and which I personally enjoyed practicing and responding to).
Maybe you need some white space now? Okay.
Paragraphing decisions and, as a comment mentioned, dialogue contribute to white space. I do notice, though, that too much white space can create a page that feels jumpy and encourages skimming rather than reading for nuance. I say this because I’ve just finished a book in which almost all the paragraphs were one or two lines with runs of short dialogue between. So I like Buikema’s response urging “balance in all things.”
I kinda like my balance here!
I find that I like books at both ends of that balance. Sarah Waters’ novels ask me to find my way through rich, dense detail, while many of my favorite mysteries, especially noir, choose the terse, keep-moving option.
What are your favorite examples of these choices?
Filed under book design for creative writers, dialogue in novels for writers, Editing your novel, self editing for fiction writers, writing novels
Tagged as book formatting, creative writing, dialogue in novels for writers, fiction, how to format a book, paragraphing in books, white space in books, writing, writing novels
December 6, 2018 · 12:13 pm
I’ve included a chapter on ISBNs in my little book on formatting your paperback interior with Adobe InDesign (soon to be republished in an updated version), but this post from AuthorImprints is extremely clear, concise, and helpful. It explains in detail why you need an ISBN for your paperback, but may not want to accept the Kindle Direct Publishing free ISBN. According to the author, David Wogahn, Amazon is using the migration to KDP Print to persuade writers to accept the free ISBN. As his article makes clear, that is a fraught decision we all need to make with our eyes open.
You CAN format your book!
How are you handling ISBNs, and how does your process work for you?
Filed under Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, business of writing, indie publishing, Myths and Truths for writers, Print on Demand for fiction writers, Publishing, Self-publishing, Writing, writing novels
Tagged as Adobe InDesign, creative writing, fiction, free ISBNs, how to format a book, how to publish a book, ISBNs, KDP Print, writing, writing novels