In regard to whether to use “toward” or “towards” it boils down to personal preference as the words have the same definitions.
When I see toward or towards in any manuscript (fiction or non-fiction), my belief is that it’s best to be consistent in usage. Pick one version, with or without the ‘s’, and stick with it.
It’s more common for ‘toward’ in American English and ‘towards’ for British English, if that helps you decide.
My personal preference is toward, but when editing, I let majority rule in a manuscript. Whichever version the author uses more often (if both are used) is the one that will be used throughout.
I hope your week is off to a good start and that you can move forward with ease toward your goals! (see what I did there?)
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with manufacturing, software, and technology businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.