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