What Do You Font? Hope’s Hacks

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fontThis month’s cure: Font Runner
What the cure is: Changing the font you use when you write.
Why the cure will help: A recent trend in changing one’s font has proven to increase productivity in writing, and well, it’s fun.*

Fantasy Font Suggestions: Algerian, Matura MT Script Capitals, Old English Text (if you can read it). Anything that screams Lord of the Rings or Medieval England.

Sci-Fi Font Suggestions: Magneto and AR Destine. Anything that gives the font a futuristic sort of feel.

Thriller Mystery Font Suggestions: Chiller and AR Darling. Something that screams . . . well, screams.

Romance Font Suggestions: Anything curly and flowery such as Curlz MT and most of the Lucida style fonts.

Children’s Book Font Suggestions: Jokerman and Goudy Stout. Operative words: silly and big.

MG/YA Font Suggestions: Depending on the subgenre: Alternate Gothic2, Berlin Sans FB Demi, SHTupo.

Other Genre Suggestions: Believe it or not, most writers suggest taking up Comic Sans. This ghastly font by all design standards actually is easier on the eyes because of its sans-serif nature. As a playwright, I’m also a personal fan of Broadway, but most would deem that font to be an acquired taste.

*Please change it back to Times New Roman, 12 pt. when you submit it to an agent or publisher.


  1. Kass Fogle says:

    I never thought to try that in my MS, but occasionally change it up on my blog. Cool suggestion. Love the disclaimer at the end. 😉

  2. Very interesting. Thanks so much!

  3. Ruth says:

    I’m partial to Papyrus and Bookman Old style… affirms me as a writer… something in the name is validating! It has been my experience that font can inspire creativity. I am also drawn to Berlin Sans FB which affirms my desire to write children’s books.

    • Hope Bolinger says:

      Oooh, all great fonts. Absolutely love Papyrus. Part of me wishes it could be the new Times New Roman.

  4. Susan says:

    So glad to read this! Fonts are fun and it’s easy to switch all of it back to good ol’ (snore) TNR.

    • Hope Bolinger says:

      So true. The same three fonts can blur together after a while, especially when it comes to editing.