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    Which font do you prefer to use when writing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Nicolle Evans, Aug 27, 2016.

    Does the font you use depend on the character's voice? The genre of story?

    Do you just have a set font that you always write in?

    Are certain fonts easier for you to understand/work with?
     
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    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    Courier New. Clean, crisp, readable and ideal for submission purposes.
     
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    I use Scrivener, so I have two answers. My compile font is industry standard Courier, size 12, in a Shunn format MS. My screen font is Georgia, size 18 for easy reading on aging eyes.
     
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    Wingdings, size 48, 400% zoom. Occasionally I'll use Egyptian glyphs.
     
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    I am also on Scrivener but I use Cochin for both. Maybe I am just used to it, but I love its elegance :)
     
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    Calibri for modern-day, Baskerville Old Face for historical, and Times New Roman for history-themed contemporary :p

    I also change the page colour based on the scene - darker scenes (literally or figuratively) have darker coloured backgrounds. eg if they're in a forest at night, it'll be a dark green background. Gets me in the zone.
     
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    Verdana. 11pt. Zoomed to 120%

    Is this a joke? Size 48 zoomed to 400% must mean your letters are about six inches tall.
     
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    Do you know what Wingding font looks like? It's pretty clearly a joke.


    For me, I change font almost daily. I feel like a new font gives me new eyes to read over what I've written and avoid falling into patterns. Could be fooling myself, but... whatever!
     
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    No.
     
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    Like, you still don't know? I said that, you're sitting at a computer that probably has a word processing program and definitely has the internet, and you didn't look it up?
     
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    I pretty much always write in Times New Roman.
     
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    Although lately I've been really appreciating the Palatino Linotype (they look more romantic and well suited for fantasy) and a bunch of other well designed and kerned fonts, I remember reading somewhere that when you send your novel to a publishing industry, it's best to keep it between Times New Roman or Courier. They tend to print it that way no matter what font you choose anyway. But this is something that I read somewhere so I'm not sure. Self publish is a different thing. You can be more creative about your fonts. What matters to me most is if they are clear enough and easy to read. Not very fancy stuff.

    Wingdings is an ancient alphabet the druids of Wing Ding used for their annual prophecies. I thought that this was common knowledge. It is a dead language though, so it always baffled me as to why it is included as a font non the less in MS word. :p
     
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    Times New Roman, as that's what I'm used to (because of years of indoctrination in school, I suspect).
     
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    Me too. And not from indoctrination at school, because when I was in school, computers didn't exist! But it is a tried and true 'serif' font that is very readable in just about any size. I've tested lots of others, and always return to it—or my original choice "Times".
     
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    Most books won't actually be printed in TNR and certainly not in Courier, but those are the standard fonts for MSs, for sure.

    I just make switch my docs back to TNR before I send them away.
     
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    It depends. I generally type up in Times New Roman or Garamond in size 14. Courier is my font equivalent of a bête noire. I absolutely despise the look of it, although it's Scriv's go-to font for compiling manuscripts, understandibly enough.
     
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    At the time I answered, I hadn't looked it up. But then I did and just didn't come back to say so. It would have made more sense to look it up then answer, but I'm stupid like that.
     
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    I'm going to give Comic Sans a go, or failing that Papyrus.
     
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    If ever I am to send anything to the publishing industry, I'll do the same thing. Just to be on the safe side.
     
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    Joking aside, Papyrus is such a shame for a font. Nice design but not suited for small text. It's that texture thing. Someone should redesign them for small text as well.
     
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    I write in Arial and change to TNR when I format the whole document.
     
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    Noooo, I hate Papyrus, almost as much as Comic Sans. It's the default font for every 'native / spiritual / healthy / wilderness / nature' type pamphlet and advertising bumpf out there, and I loath it.
     
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    I'm an Arial guy, but anything but Comic Sans.
     
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    TNR.

    I wanted to submit the manuscript in pink comic sans but my agent vetoed it. Killjoy.
     
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    I didn't know that. The only pamphlets we get around here is about fast-food deliveries and each one of them is written in a variety of unidentified fonts. Don't let them spiritual, wilderness, health, native, nature pamphlets fool you into loathing a font. Loath it because of its design. :p
     
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