Typographical Procrastination

Yesterday lunchtime I discovered quite by chance that the latest beta of Scrivener for Windows doesn’t crash in quite the same way the old version used to – which means I’ll be going back on last week’s dramatic pronouncement that “Scrivener is dead to me”, and trying to convince everybody that I never said it in the first place.

While playing with the new version of Scrivener – which is quite lovely – I lucked into a quite accidental procrastination black hole. Fonts.

Who knew that choosing a font to use while writing would be so important? I certainly didn’t – until I started changing the font, typing a few words, changing it again, and so on. I even did a Google search for “font recommendations for writing”, and ended up reading countless discussions in forums about which fonts people like to use while writing, and why. It turns out lots of people have given this lots of thought in the past.

This is all a tactic of course. If I tinker with the font, it looks like I’m getting ready to write something. Just like I bought the laptop, installed it with this operating system, that software, and the other backup strategy – it all avoided me actually writing anything.

Do blog posts count as “anything”? I think they do. Of course I’m telling myself that so I don’t have to confront the slightly guilty fact that I haven’t really written anything of consequence for the better part of fifteen years – just like I haven’t really drawn anybody or anything since leaving art college twenty eight years ago.

I’m good at procrastinating. I wish it was a valid skill to list on a CV. If you were hiring somebody to make sure your department achieved very little – a problem I’m sure most politicians face on a regular basis – it would be really useful if you could more easily find the most useless people.

7 thoughts on “Typographical Procrastination

      1. I like Tahoma, Trebuchet, Verdana (sort of), even simple Arial. I prefer narrower rather than wide ones (the Lucida ones are too wide, Verdana too…)

        I type in Tahoma 12 in Evernote, all my journals or private stories. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Evernote defaults to Segoe UI which is ok but I prefer Tahoma. Also it defaults to size 10 and I prefer 12. There’s probably a way to adjust it to default to my preference…

        Crap, now you got me looking at fonts… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you very much for pulling me down the font ‘black hole’… ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. You both made me stop and look at my fonts, too. I wonder if the great writers of previous generations would have been as great if they had as many decisions to make as we do now. I prefer sans serif to write and serif to read – 18 points or more to write, and 8 points to read.
        Maybe the only thing worse than not having enough is having too much.

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  1. ๐Ÿค” Call me, “Old-fashioned, ” because I love the traditional Times New Roman font.

    Anyway, when it comes to blog posts, I am disciplined. I will continue writing until I have finished my blog post.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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  2. Ha! Thatโ€™s absolutely true. The font is a HUGE. For SO many reasons. Too many, actually, to the point that I could waffle on about it for HOURS. Cough: Iโ€™ll spare you. Right! Well. Hope you found a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ps: is procrastinating fruitless? I think not. Just think of how much magic goes on in the mind of a procrastinator. Think of all the brilliant books that never would have been written if not for the hours spent procrastinating/imagining/world building. Just sayinโ€™. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. My procrastinating while trying to write, although extremely annoying at times, has led to me cleaning and organizing my house so many times, I can only be partly angry with it haha! Thanks for the read!

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