courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Open topics on the Contest itself, to include results-watch threads and other items of note.
chezwise
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:28 am

courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby chezwise » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:09 am

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

I read https://mystorydoctor.com/whats-in-a-word/ 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.

Thanks

User avatar
RSchibler
Posts: 762
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby RSchibler » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:01 am

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
V34: R, HM, R
V35: HM, R, R, HM
V36: R, HM, HM, SHM
V37: HM, SF, SHM, P

ALWAYS available for critique. PM me.

Stories in:
A Dying Planet, 2020
Upon A Once Time, 2020
Hold Your Fire, 2021
2020 Writers of the Future Superstars Scholarship

User avatar
disgruntledpeony
Posts: 1332
Joined: Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:21 pm
Contact:

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:56 am

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.
If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells

R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, ?, ?

https://ticknortales.com/

User avatar
Wulf Moon
Posts: 1884
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Contact:

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby Wulf Moon » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:10 am

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.

Welcome to the Forum! Do introduce yourself under New Users, Introduce Yourselves. :)
Wulf Moon http://driftweave.com
Author page: http://amazon.com/author/wulfmoon
Critter Awards: Wulf Moon BEST AUTHOR 2019; "Super-Duper Moongirl" BEST SF&F STORY 2019.
Learn the Secrets of a Howling Good Plot! https://bit.ly/37CYwpZ

pdblake
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:12 am

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby pdblake » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:49 am

Courier New. As said already, it's a standard. It also reminds me of a typewriter for some reason.

chezwise
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:28 am

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby chezwise » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:03 am

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.

User avatar
Dustin Adams
Posts: 1872
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:47 am
Location: IN MY HOUSE!
Contact:

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:01 am

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.
2x Finalist
1x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. DSF: Short Story. My Semi-F My Finalist #1

User avatar
czing
Posts: 144
Joined: Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:08 am

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Postby czing » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:42 pm

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.
v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM


Return to “The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests