Not quite as terminal as it sounds. It simply means that I am now on the cusp of writing the climax to the story. 'The Secret Angels' currently stands within 150 words of 130,000 and 8 pages short of 500 (double-spaced - the published book will be single-spaced and, therefore, shorter). Both of those landmarks may well be passed today.
Why is it double-spaced? It is normal practice in the writing world, actually. By putting gaps between the lines, you get about 25 to a page instead of 40. The published book will use Times New Roman as its typeface. Times New Roman (or TNR as it is commonly called) is an attractive serif font, which is commonly used in books and newspapers. I don't use it to create the book, though, because it is proportionally-spaced and packs the letters together tightly. I used to write in the plug-ugly Courier (the traditional typewriter font), but I switched to Arial for 'The Secret Angels'. Arial is an excellent sans-serif font, and it looks nicer than Courier. To be honest, almost anything looks nicer than Courier. Sans-serif means 'without serifs'. Those are the squiggly little flourishes on fancy letters. Sans-serif doesn't have any flourishes. It is the plain letter, just like this blog.
So, why use double-spacing and Arial? Because it makes it much easier to read. Once the first draft is finished, which should be before Easter, I have to edit it. That means going through the text repeatedly in both directions, weeding out errors, improving passages that could have been written better and getting rid of any waffle. It also involves printing it out on paper and going over it with coloured highlighters as I polish the text until it is as good as I can make it. It is much easier to do that if the work has gaps between the lines (where I can add annotations) and the actual letters are large and clear. Far less likely to miss something that should be sorted out that way.
Once all that is done (and Cuzzie has had her say), then it will be converted to single-spacing and Times New Roman.
On the subject of editing, publishers will often hire a professional editor to do the job instead of the author (in practice, they work together). As I am my own publisher, I have little choice but to be my own editor. 'Angels' will probably tip the scales at over 140,000 words by the time it is finished. With editors charging a penny per word, do the arithmetic yourself. It took me a long time to develop an effective system for editing, but that is a subject for another post.
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