1. Tyler Danann
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    Section Breaks with Asterisk?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Tyler Danann, Oct 28, 2014.

    I've been using double spaces for sections breaks but have seen how some books have asterisks for the top and bottom if the section break is supposed to appear there.

    Is this correct?

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    The book I'm reading at the moment (The Truth by Terry Pratchett) uses a double-space between sections. If the section break coincides with a page break, a row of asterisks is inserted.
     
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    Right, that's how I see it BUT does the asterisk go at the bottom, or at the top, or can it be both?
     
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    I don't know...it seems logical that, if you need the asterisks, you'd have space-asterisks-space, and then let how close the break was to the page-break decide where the line with the asterisks goes.
     
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    What I mean is, if the break is at the bottom, do I put the asterisk there or at the top of the following page?

    Writing is so complicated sometimes.
     
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    I normally do this:

    But I have seen it like this:

    Honestly i think its just a matter of preference. The main rule is to be consistent in whatever you decide to do.
     
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    Hi James,

    I've never heard or seen of the # sign for scene breaks before....
     
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    The formatting a publisher expects to see in a manuscript is not the same as the formatting that ends up in a book.
     
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    Mr. Taylor is correct. A single hash sign, centered on a line by itself, is the correct way to indicate a section break in manuscript. How the publisher renders it in print is their prerogative, not the writer's.
     
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    Random question: do you work with software? :)
     
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    Yes. But I always called it a pound sign. I call it a hash sign now if I expect the Children of the Internet to know what I mean, and don't feel like plopping down the sharp. And if I'm not talking solely to musicians.
     
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    I didn't know it would be across the board # on the screen. Most interesting...
     
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    I know all three of those :3

    It's kinda common practice, anywhere you look on mansucripting (Whether fiction or other) odds are the answer will be single centered #
     
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    I'm actually using *** or "~" right now if it's still in the same chapter, but I just use spaces to separate chapters.
     

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