5/5/11

Living In the Now

When I started writing my first MS I wrote in past tense, mostly.  I applied the past tense to my blog, even though it should have been present tense (in my opinion), unless I was actually talking about the past then...oh man, you get my point.

It wasn't until a critique partner of mine pointed out my random present tense slippages and my mild past participle abuse that I realized I even had a problem with tense.  Even though she pointed it out, it was very difficult to see and correct.  Well I immediately started to focus on my tense and eventually, I mastered it.  Sure, in my manuscript I sometimes slip but that's mostly because I'm working through how the manuscript should go.  (Too much slippage and I realize I need to change the MS's overall tense.  Done that before, what a pain.)   Now my blogs, emails, whatevers are in present tense and it makes me feel like I am living in the now.

It feels good being here, present, in the present.

Just another way my writing has changed me.

3 comments :

  1. That's awesome!! I too have changed from past to favoring present tense. In my case first person is my favorite as well.

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  2. I used to write in only the past tense, but now I'm a present tenser. I am guilty of slippage, though.

    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Lisa - my current WIP, contrary to my changes, I reverted to past tense, 3rd person BUT, I've been told by crit partners it should be present, 1st person....oh the pain of revamping a MS.

    Medeia - I used to hate reading present tense but except the word "says", as in "he/she says" I love present tense. THere's something about the word says that throws my present tense off....when reading. But yes, I lean toward that so i have to wonder, is that the trend in the next twenty something years? We will see.

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