|Best body double ever.|
Now, I'll be honest: I used to be averse to double-spacing my work. I'd never do it before I'd finished the story. I felt as though double-spacing was for manuscripts, and it wasn't right of me to feel like I was accomplishing any more than I really was just by boosting the page count with extra space. Double-spacing, in short, might be good for the eyes of editors, but for writers it's cheating. I had to keep it real and do it live.
But, alas: life is a vale of tears and sorrow.
I'm a manic-depressive writer, and although there are times when 2000 words can appear like a genie from a bottle, other times, getting those 600, 12-point, Times New Romanians down on the page is just tough work - and when you're done, you're still on page whatever. After all: there are days when I only write 600 words in total, and sometimes I write even less. In a standard word processor, that means I have to select a few menus and bring up a pop-box to visualize my progress for the day.
But double-spacing fixes this problem: it makes the torture of this literary purgatory into a joyful revelation where one is constantly being reward. The pages just fly out of your fingers when you only need to churn out 300 words; and if you write in Courier New, you've only got to put down about 250! That's awesome. And, best of all: you're already formatted in Standard Manuscript, so there's no need to return to the work after the fact and set it up for the editor or the presses.
|Be this guy. Be him right now.|
Of course, it's not. But half the battle is getting in the right mental state. Double-spacing your writing from the get-go helps put the words on the page and fill out those pages. Just look how much you're writing! You're awesome. You rule.
Go get published.