Tuesday 6 November 2018
Paragraph indents, or lack of
I was asked a question via twitter, which I've only just seen. It went something like this ... 'When an editor asks for no paragraph indents, what should I do? Add a space or symbol? It looks odd with nothing.'
As one person is wondering, it seems likely others are too, so I've decided to answer on here. All you do is leave out the indents (or if, as is likely, you can't help but put them in as you write, take them out again afterwards).
If you think about it logically, the editor will have asked for the story to be sent without indents because she doesn't want them (if you look in the magazines, many don't use them). If you have indents, or anything else including blank lines, then these will have to be removed. That takes time; not much time per story perhaps, but it is 'one more thing'.
I do agree that it looks odd – and I confess that I can't write without something to diferentiate the paragraphs, but I do try to remove them before submitting if that's what the guidelines request.