Writing Stories in Present Tense, Past Tense or Both
“Without a doubt, deciding which tense to use in writing one’s novel is an important decision for any author. Readers, however, often don’t especially notice it.”
You write novels in past tense. That seemed to be an unwritten rule. At least when I started writing. Don’t think that’s the case anymore.
Wow, I feel old. I’ve been writing for like 20 years.
Currently, I’m reading a book written in the present tense and it got me thinking. For a while now, I’ve been hearing more and more about authors who write in present tense. I write in past tense out of habit. Nothing against present tense. I simply didn’t learn to write novels that way. Not going to say I’ll never write in present tense. I thought I wouldn’t use fantasy staples like dragons and shifters. Then, I found out how much fun they are, especially when combined.
Of course, I had to research this topic. People often feel strongly one way or the other about traditions. Mostly, I found articles outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each tense. People, generally, said present tense gives a sense of immediacy.
The Pros and Cons of Writing a Novel in Present Tense
Have you read any stories that shifted between past and present tense?