Use spaces in the same way that publishers do:

  • Commas, full stops, colons, semicolons, question marks and exclamation marks never have a space before them and always have one after them.
  • Sentences have only one space in between them, not two.
  • Quotation marks always sit right next to the word they enclose.
  • Apostrophes don’t have any effect on spacing.

You can see all these rules in the following examples. For clarity’s sake, spaces are indicated by dots.

Not like this:


 But like this:

“Hello! How are you?” He said, smiling.

 It is much easier to type and edit this way. If you think it looks too cramped, change the font or the character spacing in your word processor.



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