What the font…?!

This is just a little one.

I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I think that finding the right font can sometimes be the most challenging part of writing. I have a concept, an idea, but I open word, and blammo… nothing. I spend the next half an hour trying out test phrases on Word because I’m not sure which font sets up the tone for what I’m trying to say.

A prime example of this is tonight. My favourite font is Georgia – is it weird to have a favourite font? – because it’s probably the closest font to my handwriting – when I’m not getting all psychopathic on a sheet of paper and writing a million words per second. But, the thing with Georgia is, it feels too light-hearted for some subjects. If I want a serious tone, shouldn’t I pick something a little harder? A Times New Roman, or a Calibri?

Sometimes I’m influenced by the font of the book I’m reading. If it’s a good story, it leaves an impression of the font with me, so I search for it on the Internet, but it’s never quite the same. Every computer translates font differently, and font on paper is even more different still. So, where do I go from here? What do I pick?

I blame at least half of my writer’s burn-outs on the fact that I can’t pick a font in the morning. Stories are all about consistency, and if I can’t stand the font, I won’t want to read the words. If I don’t want to read the words, why should I expect anyone else to do the same?

I suppose that’s like judging a book by its cover, but, you get my drift. I suppose it also goes against my theory that a good book makes a good font, but maybe that only works if the words aren’t my own.

We’re always more critical of the self, are we not?

At least there’s one thing that we’ll all agree on, when it comes to font: Nothing good was ever typed in Comic Book Sans.


Until next time!

Live Long and Prosper


26 thoughts on “What the font…?!

  1. Your post are so interesting to read, I have the same issue with fonts, if I can’t find the right font to tell my story then I just can’t get into it, even with projects at school I am like that and I sadly tent to procrastinate but I am working on it. I wish you luck! London is awesome by the way! It’s one of my dream places to visit~

    • Thanks so much for the praise! I hate fonts that never work for me. It’s like an itch you can’t scratch! It’s there, but not quite, and it’s just plain frustrating!

      And London is something else entirely! It’s difficult to give it too much praise, because it’s just such a costly place. To visit? It’s incredible. We currently have a love/hate relationship, which I’m sure everyone does with the place in which they live!

      • You are welcome, I am so glad there’s someone else that understands my frustration, my friends look at me like I am crazy when I talk about it. I have a few mates in England and London which is mostly why I wish to go and I personally enjoy the accent. Haha I think so too, I love/hate NY, when people tell me about how amazing it is I look at them like they are crazy~

      • I lived in upstate New York for a while, and spent some time in the city and I have a great friend who lives there so I’m desperate to go back! We have the same issues in reverse!

      • Haha if only we could reverse each other so that you are here and I am there XD One of my best friends live in Eastern England. I hope your trip to New Zealand and Australia goes great!

      • Well look at it with a positive view and move forward, I want to travel the world someday but so far I haven’t gotten out of the state except for visiting Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo.

      • I’m from a family that loves to travel, so hopefully positive will come easily. As cheesy as it is to say, I know I’m privileged to be able to travel. That should keep me excited!

      • My family loves traveling too though my mother usually goes to Santo Domingo since it’s all we can afford right now but one day I’ll let her travel the world! Take a lot of pictures in your journey

      • You named 3 of my favorite things, Dragons are great! I wish I was born in the year of the Dragon or Snake-_- Wizards are so wicked, but I blame the Harry potter books on my love for them. 🙂

      • I’m a snake. Missed out on the dragon by a year. I blame my love of wizards on so many things! Harry is definitely amongst them.

        When I was a kid, I used to watch this film called “flight of dragons” over and over again. If you’ve not seen it, I’d highly recommend it!

      • Lucky! I am a dog, woof, which might explain my adoration for dogs and their feelings back at me. I got to meet Tom Felton/Draco Malfoy and I don’t think I’ve watched Flight of dragons but I will try to now.

      • Nice! I love dogs. I have a chocolate Labrador. She’s the best!

        And my best friend would be so jealous of you. How did you get to meet him? I met the guy that played Grindlewald (Jamie Campbell Bower) in the films (not a big part, but its a claim to fame nonetheless).

      • You are so lucky! I had a cute, white Chihuahua but I had to leave her behind. Haha Tom came to NY Comic Con in October, I did like a 4 hour line, without eating and only drinking water in order to meet him and then I paid $40.00 dollars, not sure how many London pounds that is. He is so sweet and cool, it’s worth meeting him and I gave him 2 of my poem.

      • That sounds amazing. And I think it’s roughly £30. I did something similar with my Star Trek heroes, sans the 4 hour line (we luckily had pre set times so it wasn’t a case of waiting all day)! It was totally worth it. The cap’ns were amazing!

      • Star Trek! I can honestly say that I love Dark Vader though. A lot of my teachers and friends are Star War and Star Trek nerds.-. I almost met Anne Rice, she was like 3 long tables away from him, by the time I was done seeing him she was long gone and I only had the ticket for that day.

  2. And I thought I was the only one who was so affected by fonts. I just noticed a nice font on a blog post and it made the post more enjoyable to read.


      • Loved that you said this: fonts are the aesthetics of writing. Aaah so prettily said! There is more than one aspect of the aesthetics of writing, but the best writing is beautiful.

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  4. Kimmy, I feel your pain. Seriously. I generally use Georgia as well, and I have you to blame for that. It fits almost everything I write, but you’re right- it’s not serious enough for some topics! The wrong font can throw off the whole feel of a story for me.

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