Edited by Harlequin, 07 February 2013 - 03:37.
Do You Write Past The Right Hand Margin?
Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:33
Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:47
I use two different styles of paper. When I use B5 size paper, I write edge to edge. When I use letter or A4 sized paper, I leave a margin. With the latter, I use the margins for notes about the content (in different color like a teacher correcting a paper). With the B5 paper, I can't add these notes without sufficient whitespace on the page. As a result, I prefer the larger paper for writing text (like a novel). I prefer the smaller paper for other writing work such as novel outlines, research, organizing thoughts, etc.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:19
Posted 10 February 2013 - 21:17
But now that I think about it, almost all of my handwritten stuff is on legal-type pads, so there is that faint line from the other side of the page that does demark the left margin. That does influence even the more casual or informal side of my writing.
So my answer is... it depends!
Posted 10 February 2013 - 22:07
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:15
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:53
Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:20
My A5 journals are Japanese notebooks that have ruled left margins. Except when indenting, I write each line from the margin to as close to the right of the page as I (neatly) can.
On those few occasions that I use a blank A4 Rhodia "vellin" pad, a boldly printed liner sheet is slipped under the page. There is a left & right margin on this guide. For the most part, I try to keep my writing between these two margins.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:41
In my journals (that have no printed margin line, they're Rhodia's) I use a very small left margin and often no margin at all on the right side...
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 22:12
No right hand margins on most of the paper in the UK!
I'll vouch for that.
The paper I grew up writing on has a definite left-hand starting margin, but the right-hand margin isn't explicitly printed on the paper. If your paper was thin enough, you could see the left-hand margin on the other side of the page, and were you resourceful enough to have noticed that, you could use it as your stopping point. For the most part, I remember going through public school seeing lots of other schoolmates writing all the way to the end of the page.
Personally, I think it looks rude and untidy, so I've always stopped an estimated margin's width away from the edge of the page.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:32
I sometimes go too far and have to bend long words, because I just can't stand sticking a hyphen in - just admit you screwed up and overshot, rather than trying to say "I meant to do that, really!", when your word won't fit your space.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:46
I've always honored the left hand margin though since that's where the holes were punched. I have seen people write on the entire sheet, ignoring margins all together but I always thought it was messy to be writing right up against the punched holes.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 15:53
The left margin is always kept. I use spiral notebook paper, which doesn't have that much of a left margin to write in anyway.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 16:37
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 14:55
But, in general, I love margins! They keep everything controlled and, as you said, provide necessary space for notes and editing marks.