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courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

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I am new to this forum and have been reading all the posts. I really appreciate everyone's discussion!! Thank you all.

I read by David Farland
He talks about the need to use Courier. (MSword only loads with Courier New.)

To be blunt, I cannot imagine anyone reading this on screen.

Please let me know what FONT you are actually using in your manuscripts.


Topic starter Posted : September 6, 2020 2:09 am
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wotf001 Courier or times new Roman are the industry standards. I use courier for WotF because that’s Dave’s preference.

I despised the way courier looked so much I would draft in TNR and then change it right before subbing, but I’ve gotten used to it. At least, haven’t noticed any blood seeping from my eyes lately. wotf011

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Posted : September 6, 2020 3:01 am
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I prefer to use Courier New because that's what I have and it's industry standard. In a weird way, it actually helps with my writing--the fact that the font isn't pretty reminds me my early drafts don't need to be perfect. It also reminds me that, in later drafts, people should be impressed by my words rather than the font they're in.

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Posted : September 6, 2020 3:56 am
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Courier New is what I use, because it’s been the industry standard for decades. There are reasons. It’s a monospaced font, so the font isn’t hiding mistakes by trying to look pretty. It’s as comfy as an old sweater to older editors, because it’s easier on the eyes and they are used to reading in it. When you start your bifocal years you will know what I mean. That said, younger editors will put other fonts like Times Roman in their guidelines. Read guidelines closely, and submit in their preference, not yours, if they state it. You know Dave’s, and he happens to be the coordinating judge of this contest. Word to the wise.

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Posted : September 6, 2020 4:10 am
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Courier New. As said already, it's a standard. It also reminds me of a typewriter for some reason.

Posted : September 6, 2020 5:49 am
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Thanks for the input, and glad to hear I am not the only one that thinks courier is ugly. I did read somewhere that courier new is lighter if its printed. I already downloaded it, so if I am able to complete the piece I am working on I will submit in Courier.

Topic starter Posted : September 6, 2020 7:03 am
Dustin Adams
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There's another topic you may find helpful as well: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7964

I like that this one asks us what we use.
I have a formatted WotF template that I use to start all new stories. It's got all the settings ready to go.
Courier 12 double spaced. I've gotten used to it much the way I can listen to whatever music while thinking and writing.

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Posted : September 8, 2020 12:01 am
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Since I write in Scrivener I use whatever font has my fancy. I find the much maligned comic sans really easy to read so I often use it. Sometimes Garamond. Often I'll change the font when I want to do a careful edit because it tends to reveal things I didn't see before. Then I compile out into courier.

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Posted : September 8, 2020 9:42 am