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    How to organise justification typesetting?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The95Writer, Apr 17, 2014.

    I know that most books are in a 'justified' paragraphing format but when I do change my document to that setting, it looks good but some parts are not good at all - the last sentence of the paragraph has only, say, three words and it is spaced out too much.
     
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    if your ms is going to be submitted to agents or publishers, you must NOT justify the margins... only left-aligned text is acceptable...

    if you're styling your ms to self-publish [and print it yourself], you can still use left-aligned, if you can't get the final line in paragraphs to 'stay together'...

    if you're going to send the ms to a self-publishing firm, ask them how they need the ms sent to them and if you have a problem they'll help you...
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I am only doing it because I like to make my document in book format - it is one thing that makes me comfortable to write my books, haha.
     
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    Full justification in published content is typically limited to columnized content, such as newspaper or magazine articles. For full page content, left-aligned is considered to have a better appearance. Full justification messes with the spacing between characters, but is used in columnized layouts because a flat right edge looks neater when there is an adjacent column with a "clean" left edge.
     
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    you should really get used to writing in standard ms format, if you want to have a career as a writer... if you're just writing for your own pleasure and won't be submitting any of your work to agents or publishers, then of course it doesn't matter how you format it...
     
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    When it is complete, I will eventually make another document transferring it to standard manuscript format. I know it seems a bit of needless fuss.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    If your software is screwing up the final line of a paragraph, you've configured something wrong. I use LibreOffice, and I believe there's an option in the paragraph format to specify justification for the final line independent of the rest of the paragraph; in this case you'd use full justification for the paragraph and left for the final line.
     
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