One Space Or Two?


Writers have long debated the proper formatting of manuscripts (MS). Getting your MS noticed by a literary agent is difficult, and anything you can do to ease the process is heavily researched and followed by devout query-ers.

One such debate is in the voting process over at literary agent Nathan Bransford’s blog. Stop by and record your vote. Let’s get a consensus on the issue of One Or Two Spaces After A Period?


What do you think?
Leave me a COMMENT. hmmm



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~ by bloggingexperiments on January 13, 2009.

6 Responses to “One Space Or Two?”

  1. I saw this on Nathan’s blog and voted. I have pretty gung-ho feelings about this one.

    I learned to two-space it when I was in high school, but after working in a newspaper for almost 11 years, I have since become a firm believer in the one-space format.

    The first several years I worked at the paper, I was an editorial assistant and had to remove one of the two spaces on every press release that came down the line. It became very tiring after awhile. Last year, when my daughter was in communications class learning the proper keyboarding techniques, the teacher was telling the students to put two spaces in after each period and I asked him why.

    He said, “It’s funny you should ask because the new manuals came out and they all say we should only put one space in now. So, we’ll be changing how we teach it in school.”

    I thought, “It’s about time!”

    Yep, save the editorial assistant a giant headache — one space please.

  2. This is a pet peeve of mine. I am a technical writer by professional so I edit tons of papers daily.

    The two spaces after a period is very old school. It began when we started using type writers. Because a typewriter does not handle kerning (space around the alphabet), this was the way to go. For example, “I” uses less space than “W”. But with computers, this issue is automagically taken care of. So we only need one space after the period. The school teacher needs to brush up on her skills.

    Don’t even get me started on “This page is intentionally left blank”…

  3. It would be nice to have something solid, but would people follow it? Probably not. Most people have terrible grammar as is, punctuation is non-existent, and who needs capitals? Drives me nuts. I got into the habit of doing two spaces when I was in school, but I’m not against going for one. Vague I know.

  4. I love that stress reduction technique!! Haven’t tried it yet…

    I’d be interested to find out what people have to say about the one space or two!! I was taught ‘two’ but lately have been hearing ‘one’.


  5. I have that sign on my desk at work. lol!

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