I have realised over the past few weeks of trying to write that I get really muddled with tenses. What tense to write in was something I hadn’t really thought about until a lovely fellow blogger kindly pointed out my flash fiction piece started off in past and then switched to future.
Now on the short 100-200 word pieces I think I am ok now (amazing what you pick up when you actually read your work back)! I am appreciative of all the advice I have received and feel my writing has progressed.
The beginning of my novel is a complete mess though. Partly because I can’t decide what tense to write in and writing in one tense doesn’t come automatically to me (yet).
I started writing in present tense because that seemed to flow nicely until a fellow writer told me a shouldn’t do that, books should always be in past tense I was told. Ummm ok. Queue lots of frantic googling and the reading of many blog posts on why you shouldn’t use present tense. I was shocked to find comments from readers stating they wouldn’t even buy a book if it was in present tense. I have never really taken much notice of what I read, I either engage with a book or don’t. I tried to switch to past tense but rereading what I wrote yesterday I am now flipping between the two.
I intend to tidy it up today. So I would be interested in any opinions on past vs present.