5 Ways to Create Enough White Space When You Write


Improve the reading experience with minor tweaks


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How many times did you continue reading an article that looks like one long wall of text?

I don’t think you ever spend a second to read an article like that!

When it comes to writing, writers usually underestimate the power of white space.

With the right proportion of visuals, “quotes”, bold and italic sentences, readers would be more engaged and interested in the article. Therefore, they’ll continue to read your post.

White space is any section of a document that is unused or space around an object. White spaces help separate paragraphs of text, graphics, and other portions of a document, and helps a document look less crowded.

Why Use White Space?

The ultimate goal of any type of content is to enable the consumer (reader, audience, listener, etc.) to continue to consume the content. White space is one of the tools used to achieve this goal via:

  • improving readability
  • creating balance
  • helping people to understand
  • driving attention to the right elements
According to Mia Botha, we should use white space because 1. It makes it easier for us to read, 2. it draws the reader’s attention to the text, 3. it is uncluttered and calming.

5 Ways to Create White Space

  1. Break up long text walls. Instead of writing long paragraphs, try to write 2–3 sentence paragraphs.
  2. Shorten your sentences. Although most people are attending college, no one likes to read long, complex sentences.
  3. Use lists. When you use bullet points instead of typical sentences, you make the writing more scannable.
  4. Increase spacing between lines. When the lines are too close to each other, they seem to overlap and are difficult to read. When possible, increase the space between lines.
  5. Use visuals whenever the opportunity arises. Any type of visual provides the reader with a chance to rest.

Even if you write the best article in the world, it doesn’t make much sense when no one reads it. As a result, the goal of using white space is to improve the reading experience and, ultimately, read by more people.

Writinghood says, If there is too much white space, then the piece looks unprofessional. If there is too little white space, then the reader has a hard time keeping their place.

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