Okay, I am very old school. I’m so old school, when I was a kid, they had yet to invent History Class. I’m so old school, when I was born, the Dead Sea was just getting sick.
Recently, I received a review for one of my IF works by some dude who totally eviscerated me for the outrageous and super heinous crime of…
PUTTING TWO SPACES AFTER MY PERIODS!!!
Now, I read this article today on Mental Floss and it got me thinking.
I learned I’m a leftover relic from an ancient time where people did weird things like 1) Walk to a wall in their house where the family phone was installed in order to actually answer it and 2) Write their missives on these clunky, loud devices called “typewriters”. The two-space style is a remnant of the typewriter era.
From the aforementioned article:
Strangely, the article makes it sound like I’m in the minority, but I’ve asked my immediate people and we all do it. Then again, they’re mostly around my age.
Is this something that terribly bothers people? Is this important? Which do you prefer? What do editors look for nowadays? Does it make passages easier or more difficult to read?
When I don’t put 2 spaces, I feel I’ve done something wrong; akin to picking the wrong there/their/they’re.
What do you other writers do?