The EBook Publishers’ Myth Of White Space

You have certainly heard others carry on about the use of white space whenever you’re writing. From eBook publishers to website advisers, you’ve heard the words ‘white space’ mentioned time and again, but never actually stopped to consider what they mean. We’ll examine the myth of white space, the portions of your page that are left empty of text, here for you.

When you set out to write a eBook, you must understand the concept of white space. You must comprehend how it should be used, and how it shouldn’t be used, as a part of your overall writing technique. It is the proper use of white space that sets good writing apart from all the other writing attempts out there. If you want your eBook to be regarded as a useful source of information by your readers, you will need to have just the right amount of white space present.

It is because of this that white space has taken on mythical proportions in the writing industry. How much is too much? Your search for answers to this question will reveal that no one set of rules seem to exist on the subject. Some of the biggest authorities on writing will say that white space is a crutch for the uneducated and should be avoided at all costs. Others with the same credentials will tell you that white space is necessary for anyone to comprehend language, and your page should be more white space than written text.

How do you know what advice you should believe while you’re working to write a eBook? Your eBook publishers will offer advice during the proofreading process, but you have to get your book written before that advice can be sought. This means that you must decide how much white space to include in your eBook on your own.

As with many topics in life, white space is one that is best kept at a neutral stage. You will need to break up your text with white space every so often, but not so much that it overwhelms the page and makes it look empty. Finding the right balance of white space doesn’t so much deal with leaving empty space as much as it is a decision of when to end one paragraph and begin the next.

Try to avoid using individual sentences as their own paragraphs. This will make a wonderful statement once in a while, and really drive a point home. Like exclamation points, though, the concept is easily overused and quickly loses all meaning.

For advice on white space, eBook publishers will tell you to avoid making your paragraphs more than seven lines long. There is something about that eighth line of solid text that makes your reader feel like you’re asking them to work rather than to read. Even though you write a eBook to teach your reader something, which is in itself work, you must avoid making it feel like work to your reader.

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