Formating

Hello all. I’m back once more. Here we go.

So as you may know, if you’ve been following this blog, I’m editing the latest book. As I do so I’m also working on formating it for readability, and attempting to match it to other books. Not so much because I’m trying to conform, though I am, but more to make it match up with other books in the genre I’m writing in for readability purposes.

I’ve only noticed that it’s not always such with other genre’s of writing because a friend of mine wrote a book as well. When I was reading it I noted how it did not follow the rules that I had been using, and wasn’t like anything else I’ve read. Now this could be because I’m used to a certain style, or it could be that I’m unfamiliar with other was of writing a story. But to each their own.

I bring this up simply because I happen to find the formating that I’m used to more readable. Hence why I tend to use said formating in my own books. Of course I’m not infallible, but I do my best to make sure the audience can understand who is speaking, and what is going on around said character(s).

But of course there are times when the intent is to mislead the audience. Doing so to give them more of a sense of tension, or to confuse them because of narrative necessities. It also matters what tense or perspective you are using.

As is the case in the genre I write in the most common perspective is 3rd person, with 1st person being a close second contender. Those often times are the easiest to write for, as you know who is telling the story, or you are given an all-seeing eye that can talk about multiple perspectives. Not often are they mixed, nor is any other style usually employed. But of course all things are left up to the writer.

I’ve seen such mixings used to share information, but not as often. Mostly when a story is being told inside a story. Flashbacks can, and often do use this type of shifting narrative. But if it is not outlined to the reader, it can lead to confusion.

But back to formating, mostly I’m referring to breaking the story apart into readable paragraphs. If they go on too long the reader may lose interest, even if they easily read the same number of words if they were broken apart. I’ve noticed this in myself, and have noted how my eyes only want to scan a few lines at a time. Though, amusingly enough there are books composed of a single run-on sentences. Though I wouldn’t recommend. I assume you’d have to do so with the first person perspective if you were to do so, but as usual, it’s up to the writer. You’d certainly increase your words per page if you were to only write using a single sentence.

However, the best piece of advice that I’ve ever received, and still work on today, is breaking my paragraphs up. Early on in this blog I would write perhaps a paragraph or two. The post would be something around 1,000 words, and would look like a huge chunk of text. A friend took a look at them, and complained that it wasn’t readable, and explained that there was no need to keep them in such large chunks.

Taking note of his complaint, I scoured the Internet, and reviewed in my head many things I had read up to that point. And he was correct, I too didn’t want to sit down and read a paragraph that went on for pages. And from then on I did my best to break things up. Finding spots where my subject changed, or where I had changed from one side of an argument to another.

And this is where you find me today. Still remembering that lesson, and still attempting to make what I write into readable chunks instead of large run-on paragraphs. I thank them for that lesson, it has made a world of difference.

And with that, I shall leave you until next time. I hope you all have a good week, and may your stories be readable.

What I’ve published

Walk On

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click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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Link to my author page on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: An estimated 60% into editing

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