Margins: 1-inch margins all around
Indents: Indent new paragraphs a half inch (0.5”) in Microsoft Word. Do NOT use Tab or spaces to indent.
Font: Times New Roman, size 12. Do NOT use sans-serif fonts like Arial.
Spacing: 1.5 spacing between lines, or double spacing. Use only ONE space after each punctuation mark. Do NOT use an extra line between paragraphs.
Chapter Headings: Should be spelled out and centered. Ex. Chapter One
Scene Breaks: Use 3 asterisks (***), no spacing in between.
POV Break: Use two blank line spaces.
Page Break: Start each chapter on a new page, using Page Break at the end of chapters.
- Do not Bold or Underline words. Use Italics for emphasis instead.
- Do not double punctuate. Ex. ?!
- Do not justify paragraphs.
If you are submitting to a publisher, always check their website for their specific formatting guidelines.