Proper Manuscript Format for Fiction Writers | William Shunn

Headers for multi-page poem manuscripts

A reader writes to ask: How should we format a manuscript of multiple poems that each span more than a single page? Do we number our pages starting from 1 whenever we begin a new poem, or should we number...  read

New novel template for Microsoft Word, plus advanced macros

The short story manuscript template for Microsoft Word that I recently added was apparently quite a success, at least to judge by the number of requests I've received to add a version for novel manuscripts. Accordingly, I've created that novel...  read

Manuscript template for Microsoft Word

At long last, after more requests than it should have required, I've corrected a long-standing oversight and created a short story manuscript template for Microsoft Word. You can find it at this page: https://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html After you customize the template with...  read

Formatting and submitting poems

A reader writes to ask: I have three questions about longer poetry manuscripts. In most cases, editors request poetry submissions that contain 3-5 poems, yet nearly every example I can see depicts a submission of a single poem. How, or...  read

Indicating boldface type

A reader writes to ask: I have perused your formatting advice and have a question. You advise underline to indicate italics, what about bold? Make it "actual" or use asterisks, etc? I need to indicate vectors in bold for a...  read

The superfluity of a table of contents

A reader follows up on an earlier question to ask: I have a contents page after the main title page, so I want to start the page numbering on the third page, which is where chapter 1 starts. Have tried...  read

Page headers for new chapters

A reader writes to ask: I just wanted to know if you still include a header on the first page of your chapters, and if you still use Courier 12 in your manuscripts - as shown in your venerable novel...  read

Creating a page header in Word

A reader writes to ask: Please could you explain how, using MS word, I can use a header like the one on your manuscript of Silvertide? Each time I try it will only let me have EITHER the name of...  read

Differentiating major and minor scene breaks

A reader writes to ask: [My question] regards major and minor scene breaks. I understand that one sets off a blank-line break with #, but what about a more significant scene break, the sort one usually sees in print marked...  read

Can my word processor insert two spaces automatically?

In response to an earlier post, a reader writes to ask: Quick question - as a new/aspiring writer, starting a manuscript, I'm curious to know if *you know* of a way to make it double spaced after each sentence. I'm...  read
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
>
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Do you find this website useful? If so, please...
...at ko-fi.com or another service.
Proper Manuscript Format Illustrated - Click here.