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Advice about to points of fiction-formatting please

Participant ,
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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My author has used two deviced to mark new sections/passage of time. (He is aware that he has done this and will find a way to justify this, when asked.) One is the one-line space, the other is the dincus. My problem is this:

 

When a one line space comes at the top of a page, I cannot resort to using a dincus to show the new section is starting. Naturally, I want to avoid an empty line at the top of the new page. When I start a new section I am removing first line indent (as is usual to do) - so there is a sublte indication that a new section is starting but only if you are a type-setter, I fear. Is there another good way to deal with this visual lack of new section ?

 

The lack of indent at these points also creates an oddity in itself. All speech is indented consistently throught the book. But when a new section starts with a single line of speech, it looks weird to not have it indented, where all following lines are indented. Any ideas on this, please?

 

Thank-you.

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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The look of text is controlled by the use of Paragraph Styles. 

Indented paragraph styles, by tradition, do not indent the first paragraph in the series of indented paragraphs.

Extra white space between paragraphs is defined by Space After amounts in the paragraph style.

It is not done by using extra hard returns.

When the paragraph style occurs at the top of the page, you will not see a blank line.

Mike Witherell

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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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Thank-you Mike. I should have made it clear that my question was not an inDesign technical one, but a type-setting style one. Perhaps this is not the best place to ask, but I thought there might be people who have insight into this,

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Apr 28, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

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Maybe small cap the first few words?

 

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