Friday, April 29, 2016

Questions from Readers

Here are disadvantages of using the present tense.

1. In the present tense, you’re limited to what you, the protagonist, discovers as it happens.

2. Any time shifts are awkward.

3. Realism puts the focus on immediate experience and not on the wider context.

4. Realism in time tends to include trivia and setting. Past tense allows you to skim over them.

Disadvantages of the past tense.

1. We know the protagonists don’t die because they tell the story from their present—after the events have taken place.

2. Too many writers resort to telling rather than showing—that is, informing readers.

3. When the third-person point of view is combined with past tense, many writers turn out a distant style of writing, almost like reporting.

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What are your thoughts?