Weekly Writing Challenge: Playing With Space
No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges, once a month, we’ll highlight a feature in the WordPress.com Dashboard and challenge you to incorporate it into your blog. We want to help you take full advantage of all the tools available on WordPress.com to make your blog the best it can be — and to make your friends jealous of your web wizardry.
To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge or leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed each Friday.
Last week, Cheri posted on the WordPress.com News blog that National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) is officially on. The idea of NaPoWriMo is to publish one poem per day during the month of April, or 30 poems in 30 days.
Depending on your poetic style, your formatting for poetry may vary quite a bit from your regular blog posts. For example, instead of new paragraphs, many writers choose line breaks or indentation between lines in their poems. In your Visual Editor on WordPress.com, you may have noticed that your spacing doesn’t always stay the same as when you first typed into the editor. By design, the editor will automatically remove any extra spaces for you so that your text appears consistent within your post.
If you’re trying to write a poem or prose, or just play around with spacing on your site, this can be frustrating. But we’ve got you covered! There are also some handy tips and tricks for adding unique formatting to your posts within your editor.
For line breaks, like
press Shift and Return at the same time on your keyboard. This lets the editor know that you don’t want to start a new paragraph, but do want to start writing on a new line.
If you want to add spacing, like indentation on a new line, select the Preformatted option in the second row of your Visual Editor.
Using the Preformatted option will let you add extra spacing, without it being removed by the editor. Just like I did here.
For this week’s challenge, write us a poem. The poem can be about anything you choose, and in any style you choose. The catch: play around with the formatting in your verse by following the tips we’ve shared in this post, or taking a look at our Writing and Formatting Poetry guide for more in-depth instructions.
As always, if you have any questions about these tips and tricks, let us know in the comments and we’ll be here to help.