One of the writing rules I’ve heard often is to be sure there is plenty of white space on the page. At first, I wondered what that meant. I believe this refers to having a good balance of dialogue and introspection to ensure the reader isn’t overwhelmed by all the words on the page. Dialogue on a page creates white space. It breaks up line after line of complete sentences.
Another rule in writing is proper manuscript formatting. Writers are advised to create 1″ margins on all sides of their manuscripts. Manuscripts with 1″ margins appear clean and uniform, and the margins allow editors, agents, contest judges to write comments in the margins.
Creating white space and margins in our lives allows us to clean out the clutter and extra busyness that bogs us down. Filling every moment of our lives causes extra stress as we juggle more activities and events in our lives.
Lately I’ve been mindful of creating margins in my life. Since returning to school last September, I’ve had to develop better time management skills as I continue to work full-time in my home, care for my family, prod my boys into getting their homework finished, teach Sunday school, and finish my novel. Instead of constantly adding to my life, I’ve had to reevaluate my priorities and eliminate busyness that crowds those margins. Creating white space hasn’t been easy as I’ve had to make some difficult decisions, but my life feels calmer and less stressed.