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February 26, 2009

The things I do

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 12:41 pm

So here’s an example of what preoccupies me when I should be writing.  No, first let me say I have written 4 new scenes in the last 24 hours and a 5th is sitting here started.  Okay, no that I won’t get my knuckles rapped for not working let me let you in on a little of my madness.  I’m about to cross the 200 page threshold on this story.  Actually when I put the new scenes in (they’re handwritten) I will be over 200 pages.  I should be happy right?  Well I am, but frustrated as well.  See, my word count is 34,000 and some change.  But doesn’t 200 pages work out to 50,000 words you say?  Apparently not, and not by miles.  For as much as I’m preoccupied with this right now, if this had happened during, oh, say NaNo . . . you’d be pulling me off the roof right about now.

Now to save me the long explanations, here’s how my document looks.  It’s Courier, 12pt with 1″ margins all the way around and the spacing is set at exactly 25 lines per page.   Oh and before someone suggests I switch to New Times Roman, no I won’t.  I know some people like it and that’s fine, but for my working document it’s Courier.  I find NTR rather souless.  Too many years writing on a typewriter I think.  Either that or I’m just really weird. 

So anyone have any ideas how I can get my page count to come close to what it should be for the word count?



  1. It sounds like you have a lot of dialogue … which can be a good thing. I’m not sure there is anything to be done about that. It would definitely help if you converted to TNR, but it sounds like you’re not going to budge from Courier (which I can’t stand, but this is the second time this week I’ve had this conversation about Courier. I can’t imagine why anyone would like it, but that’s the graphic designer coming out in me, I suppose). Your only other choice is to change it all to 10 pt. and condense the font. That’s all I’ve got. Sorry.

    Comment by kimberlyfoley — February 26, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

  2. I have oodles of dialogue (consider yourself warned).

    I hadn’t thought of making the font smaller, I might try that. Of course I’m not sure how my eyes are going to like it. The screenwriter in me loves Courier, what can I say.

    So, Kim, I think this is the first non-agreement we’ve had. Interesting that it’s over fonts. Yup, we’re weird.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — February 26, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

  3. Basically…ignore it. Keep the 12-point font the proper margins, as you can’t submit in anything smaller. Most publishing houses are looking for computer word count anyway these days. Use the page count to make you feel better about your progress, but keep track of the computer word count to know how far you’ve come.

    OTOH, if the publisher you’d like to submit to insists on white space/page count rather than computer word count, then what you do is write in Courier, and then switch to TNR when you’re ready to submit (and to keep track of the length). I used to do that quite a bit because like you, Courier said “writing” to me.

    Comment by Julie Cohen — February 27, 2009 @ 3:20 am

  4. Thanks Julie.

    I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing, at the very least when I print out every draft I’ll have a magnificant pile of paper to impress myself with.

    I do (obviously) prefer Courier. If I had my choice, however, I’d use some other font like one of the script/handwriting ones but since I’m trying to be more professional I will stick with Courier.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — February 27, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  5. Write what the book/story needs you to write, and worry about the page count later. If you’re not too far off, it’ll be fine.

    Comment by Pam — February 27, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

  6. No worries on that front Pam, the story is going along (mostly) fine. This is just one of those silly little things I do. I was just wondering if there was some formatting trick I was missing.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — February 27, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

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