Step right up and spin the wheel, was it past, is it present or will it be future? Sister Sara—yes, my fellow blogger and Saturday Writers crony—and I got into the discussion of which tense we prefer to use and or read. She backs the past and usually I do too…that is until lately
In my WIP–those of you who follow me on the social networking sites have herd me whine and complain about Disenchanted–I’ve used present or should that be, I use? I started out with past tense, but it wasn’t working, yet I couldn’t let it go. I reworked and rewrote but nothing seemed to help, it still didn’t ‘feel’ right. One night–I’d like to say it was one stormy night but it was only your average beat your head against the keyboard night–it became easier.
The next day I read what I’d written. Someone flipped the switch, the lights where on and I was home. Where it began to make sense and look like something was where it changed tenses! So I reworked the rest and continued on, who am I to argue with the muse?
Now back to the previously scheduled program, as I was saying Sara and I were discussing tense. Basically how my choice of present was driving her insane, not that she didn’t like what I’d written, more along the lines of it being so different. My stance is different is sometimes good, great even, especially when I’m looking for new books. I like new, exciting ideas, twists on old ideas and ways of presenting them. Moral of the story different strokes for different folks. I’ve said many times, if we all liked the same thing, we’d be fighting over the same book.
Am I telling you to switch the tense of your story? Hell no, but I will suggest trying out a tense you haven’t used, even if it’s just for a writing exercise. Go ahead, expand your writing skills and your mind, try something different. I dare you!