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    Past or Present?

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    Lizzie

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    Past or Present?

    Post by Lizzie on Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:34 pm

    I'm starting something new, and I'm not sure if I should write it in past or present. Which do you prefer, and think is best?
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    Mac
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    Re: Past or Present?

    Post by Mac on Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:36 am

    It really depends. What do you prefer? What suits the story?

    Generally, I think past is best. It's easier, more common and I think you can do a bit more with it. Present gives a sense of immediacy if that's what you want Smile
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    Emma

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    Re: Past or Present?

    Post by Emma on Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:57 pm

    As Mac says, it depends on the story itself. Personally, if it's in third person, then I prefer past tense, but if it's in first person, I prefer present.
    If you didn't mind giving some more info about this new story, then I could maybe give a more definite opinion
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    Re: Past or Present?

    Post by Lizzie on Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:29 pm

    Well, I don't know what's it supposed to turn out like myself. But I'm doing it in third person, and I agree, I do have more options when writing in past tense.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Past or Present?

    Post by Mac on Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:22 pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention something - if you're writing in 1st person and there's a death scene, present is a bit better unless you're OK with a narrating dead character XD
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    Re: Past or Present?

    Post by Lizzie on Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:54 am

    HAHAHAHA, thanks, Mac! I'll keep that in mind

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