1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. Alesia

    Alesia Pen names: AJ Connor, Carey Connolly Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Likes Received:
    251
    Location:
    Knoxville, TN

    Does anyone else do this?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Alesia, Jun 3, 2013.

    Alot of the time when I'm writing third person past tense, I find it easier to get the general idea down by writing the section in third person present tense, then going back and changing it up to properly fit past tense. Does anyone else do that, or am I the only one?
     
  2. The Byzantine Bandit

    The Byzantine Bandit Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2013
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    5
    I don't, but I can see that being a useful tactic.
     
  3. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    19,517
    Likes Received:
    10,802
    Location:
    Puerto Rico
    I cannot say I have ever done this. I have never been a fan of present tense writing, so it would not be my 'go-to' mode before flipping to something else.
     
  4. ithestargazer

    ithestargazer Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    the big M, Australia
    I personally prefer first or third person past tense as I find it easier to write as though it has already happened. I find present tense to be finicky and I always slip back into past tense. It's all personal choice though.
     
  5. northernadams

    northernadams Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    WNY
    I prefer third person past tense, but I'm in the process of making my first attempt at first person past tense.
     
  6. Alesia

    Alesia Pen names: AJ Connor, Carey Connolly Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Likes Received:
    251
    Location:
    Knoxville, TN
    On the subject of tense, how much is it frowned upon to write in third person, past tense while interjecting little blurbs like this when describing what a character is feeling? This is a character regaining consciousness from a KO by the way.

    "Numbness. Confusion. Headache. Something rough pushing against her side and face... "
     
  7. GoldenGhost

    GoldenGhost Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2012
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I would say it's too much of an intrusion by the author, and it makes the narrator unreliable.. especially when grammatically incorrect, due to poor switches in tense.. and it has to be done in a way that still keeps the reader immersed in the moment.. a writer who does this EXTREMELY well, though I would not suggest attempting it, until you've fully learned how to do it seamlessly while still showing, is Jose Saramago.. you're example is also a pristine version of telling... you're goal is not to tell the reader how to feel, but to show him things and make them feel special, by including him in on the fun... you do that by engaging their imagination, by letting it do the work for you--something I struggle with, for sure, because I tend to overwrite a lot and zap the reader of his ability to be actively involved.. readers like to think, they like to imagine, they like to connect the dots.. and what's the point of connecting the dots for them, or telling them which ones to connect first, then last?
     
  8. Mckk

    Mckk Moderator Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    4,880
    Likes Received:
    2,636
    I do it sometimes by accident, if I'm really into the story. On those occasions I often slip into first person altogether. Usually it only lasts for a couple of sentences before I realise and I correct it, and then continue in the appropriate POV lol. I personally find writing in first person quite helpful just to get into my character's head before writing for real in third person.
     
  9. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,015
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    ditto that...
     

Share This Page