Some things I’m noticing in fiction submissions regarding formatting and general writing no-nos:

  • Do not hit enter twice after each paragraph.  The only blank line should be the one that automatically comes with a single enter when you have double-spaced paragraph formatting on.
  • Indent your paragraphs!  Please!
  • Don’t use “!!!”  One is just fine.
  • Don’t use chat speak in your narration or dialogue.  Period.  Especially not in narration.  Just because we shorten words when we type text messages or IM messages does not mean it’s okay to put it in fiction writing.

Thank you.