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Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)
TITLE: Making Time
By Mitzi Moody
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It's easy to become obsessed about manuscript preparation. Try not to spend a lot of time worrying about what font to use or how much space your margins need. As long as you stick to a few basic guidelines, your manuscript will more than likely be acceptable. Two of the biggest things to remember when writing a manuscript is to include your contact information and secondly, be sure your facts are pertinent to the time and place you are writing about
I find when writing a manuscript, researching of the time period is the most enjoyable part. Recently I had the opportunity to interview a 92-year old
gentleman for some manuscript research I am doing. He was a scholar on the small train, the town and the era I was researching. He could remember vivid details of the late 1800’s but he could not recall what he had eaten for breakfast.
He told of how the train cars were decorated with dark green walls and red leather seats. The mail car carried all of the mail to each small town along the route. He remembered gentlemen in dark suits and black derby hats stepping off the train, “Some carrying flip top packs of Cavalier cigarettes in their white shirt pockets.”
Oh, how times have changed! Just think how much easier we have it with all or modern technologies that speed things up. How would you like to hand write your manuscripts just like monks did, back in the day. Yea for modern times!
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