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January 31, by Fiction Editor Beth Hill last modified January 31, One of the first decisions for a writer beginning a new story is the choice of narrative tense—will the story be a look into past events or will it race through the present?
That is, will the writer use past or present tense in terms of verbs and the action of the story? The writer must decide what is the when of story.
Although some readers and writers might have no true preference, most are firmly in one camp or the other. Either they insist using the simple past is the only way to tell a story or they say present tense has much to offer and is as equally valid as past tense.
And that you face the expectations of readers, readers who include agents and acquisitions editors. Do narrator and viewpoint characters see actions and events as happening in the past or do they act as if the events are happening right now?
Do they say— Marlboro raced through the forest. I fear the man who is my father; his voice alone demands respect. The setup for both is simple; the effects are vastly different.
Stories using the past tense are written the same way stories have been told for years—once upon a time, sometime before the present time, these marvelous characters existed and lived out a fantastic adventure.
When I say most stories, I mean the great majority of stories. Oral stories as well as written fiction are told using the past tense. The present tense—is, walks, drinks, hopes—on the other hand, is rare.
Yes, we all know wonderful stories told using present tense. Yet in comparison to the number of novels that use the simple past, present-tense novels are few in number.
Present-tense narration is also much more recent a practice. From what I can tell from a quick survey of Internet articles, readers notice when stories are told using the present tense. We are saying that its use is noticeable.
Let me stress that neither choice is right or wrong on principle. You can use either present or past tense for telling your stories. The present tense is often associated with literary fiction, short stories, students in writing programs and workshops, and first novels. The past tense is used in most genre novels.
There might well be an adjustment period for readers of present-tense stories. Readers may also end up paying closer attention since the format is one unfamiliar to them.
They may develop a deeper involvement in the story. Immediacy Some writers and readers believe that use of the present tense makes story action and events more immediate. On the other hand, proponents of the past tense may find that verbs used in the past tense make story events seem more immediate.
Yes, readers can get over this incongruity, but reader perception is something to consider when you choose your narrative tense. While the present tense is not common in fiction, some writing uses present tense as a matter of course— Scripts and plays A synopsis Essays that use the literary present tense When writing about the events of a story: Alex then demands a declaration from Stella, but she refuses to humor him.
When writing about what a writer says: Try present tense if you want readers to notice the narrative tense or you want to see if you can make story events even more immediate.
Keep in mind that readers might have to make adjustments. Weigh the benefits against the costs—are the benefits, whatever they are for your story, enough to compensate for that adjustment period during which readers will not be fully involved in either characters or plot events?
Be prepared to change from present tense to past in order to see your manuscript accepted by a publisher. You might have to do it; would you be willing to make the change if it meant being published? Could you do it? Know that readers might not accept your choice.© BERKELEY COUNTY SCHOOL 2ND & 3RD GRADE WRITING FOLDER 1 Second and Third Grade Writing Folder.
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