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    Started handwriting my 1st story

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jason20679, Jan 9, 2012.

    Hi,

    I've started writing, by hand, one of the many stories i have floating round my head but i want to put it on comp. I have openoffice on my comp and happy to that but if there is something else i can use i'd try it.
    Do i need to think about font, margins and such like? if so What are they?

    The story i'm writing is a kids story so if there's any advice anyone can give it would be greatly recieved

    Thanks

    J
     
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    I think for right now, just getting it down onto "paper" (so to speak) is much more important than fonts, margins, etc. Those can be changed later on. Go with a font that is easy for you to read.

    As for word processing programs, I prefer Open Office over any other program I've tried. That's just me, though. I find it MUCH easier to use than MS Word or MS Works.
     
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    the thing is, ms word is the lingua franca of the writing/publishing world, so no matter what program you use, be sure you can convert the mss to ms word when you're ready to start submitting to agents/publishers...

    as for how to write it, it's always best to start out using the proper format, to avoid getting into bad habits, as well as saving a lot of time and duplicated effort later... go here for the best ms format guide you'll find:
    www.shunn.com

    be sure to do your homework first and bone up on the basics, such as appropriate vocabulary, sentence structure, word count, etc. for the age range you're targeting... a priceless resource for doing this is amazon's 'stats' and 'concordance' info you'll find on many of their listings of children's books [have to scroll down to find 'em], as well as the nifty 'look inside' feature...

    i write children's stories/books for a chicago publisher and i mentor many children's writers, so if you need any help along the way, just drop me a line anytime...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     
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    LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice that is more actively developed and seems to be better at conversions to MAJors. The usability of all of these is comparable.
     

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