1. Lucy E.
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    Changing tenses?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Lucy E., Sep 14, 2008.

    What're your guys' takes on changing tenses in different chapters?

    For example, I'm currently writing a story which is told from the POVs of three different characters. The first two characters tell their stories in past tense, but the third dies at the end of the story so her section is told in present tense.
    ...If you catch my meaning.
     
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    I think it can work, if you do it very, very carefully. Check out de Lint's The Blue Girl, where he changes tenses frequently.
     
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    I don't like changing tenses, but that's just me.

    If I had to write a section of the story in present tense a la what you yourself are doing, I'd just do the whole thing in present tense to be consistent. Obviously, since I dislike present tense, I'd rather find a different way to write the entire thing and just do past tense. I'm sure I could find a way to write in past tense even if the POV character dies at the end.

    BUT, like I said, that's only my opinion. *shrug*
     
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    I don't like changing tenses cause it just confuses me and the reader. But yes, I think your idea will work if you write carefully and make sure you don't get the tenses mixed up.
     
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    like anything about writing, it will work if one can write well enough to make it do so and won't, if one can't...
     

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