If you are writing and have the thought, “Maybe I’ll jazz it up with a bit by using a font that fits the story,” STOP. (You could argue similarly for using all caps for emphasis but that’s another post and not one I will be writing.) Don’t do it. I have seen many a weak, poorly developed plot and cliché rhyme painted over with a “fun” font. Here are some examples.
- A story about food in the freezer written in “Chiller”
- A story about a retired journalist written in “Courier New”
- A poem written as a letter in “Lucida”
- A story from a kid’s POV written in “Comic Sans”
I’m not talking about well sprinkled font use. If your serial killer has written, “Hello,” on the bathroom mirror and the main character sees right before noticing the shadowy figure in the reflection go ahead and write that in “Chiller”. If your character reads a newspaper, you can put the article in newstype. If the character is writing a note use one of the handwriting fonts if you want. Continue reading