Spacing is important.
YES, for your writing!
Look at the lines on this umbrella; if this umbrella was completely covered in all thin lines, or all in thick lines, or had inconsistent spacing, it would be completely different. -
Now, imagine one of the lines on the pictured umbrella is angled off the wrong way. It would draw your eye just like that crooked painting on your wall. It would irritate you until you either fixed it, left the room, or tossed it in a fit of rage.
You're a wordsmith, a story teller, a teacher, a weaver of worlds---why should you care about the spacing in your blog, poem, novella, or novel? -
Because you want your reader to get lost in your words, not distracted by the odd formatting! I am currently reading a book that put 6 spaces before a word and 2 after, then forgot a space entirely (for no reason other than sloppiness)! You don't want an inconsistent use of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes to confuse the meaning of your words. Anything that pulls your readers out of "the dream" had them question your story and credibility. -
If you are playing with spacing for emphasis (which poets do daily), wonderful! Do you know if it is having the effect that you want?
Did you check that you closed the spaces after you deleted a word or phrase? Did you check that random spaces didn't glitch their way into your formatting? Did you make sure that your punctuation usage is consistent?
Did reading that just make your head hurt? Never fear---Elle is here! Spacing and consistency are just two of the many different elements I will analyze during your copyedit or proofread. -
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