Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Space Debate
First of all, let's all agree that the lone picketer on the right who advocates a line break after every sentence is dead wrong. That bald and lonely caricature belongs with people (ahem, mostly students looking to "stretch" a paper) who use line breaks after every paragraph -- also maddeningly wrong, in my humble opinion.
Now to the real issue -- one space or two after a period. This debate is more heated than one-lump-or-two tea table conversations. Oh, the judgment that ensues. The animosity!
Personally, I am old school. As you study this blog, it will become painfully clear to you that I use two spaces after periods. I cannot help myself. My fingers just do it. And, yes, I also admit that every single piece of work that I've had published is edited and the number one edit always always always is to change my double spaced wastefulness into the more prudent, and popular, single space after periods practice. In fact, lately, after typing in my old-fashioned way, I run a find-and-replace and usually fix the issue myself, in order to look more low maintenance to editors. But, I still love the look of the two spaces. I think it allows the writing to breathe a little. To pause. See?
What about you? Where are your battle lines drawn? If you'd like more information about this great debate, check out this thorough blog post, and be oh so informed: One Space or Two? (Don't say I never gave you fascinating dinner conversation topics!)