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    Slipping tenses

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by cazann34, Mar 4, 2013.

    Is there a way I can stop slipping my tenses when I write? If you've read any of my work you're know what I mean. When I write I try to see myself as the character (in the past) but then I slip and start writing it as if I'm observing the characters (in the present)-hence mixed tenses. Does anyone know of a way/technique I can use to keep my writing in the correct tense or do I have to resign myself to correcting it later in my editing?
     
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    You should probably ask in word mechanics about that. I believe you will find it easier to correct later when you return to edit your work.
     
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    I don't think there's a technique other than re-reading what you've written every few paragraphs and correcting for tenses. That's what I do.
     
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    I would guess it will helpif you don't write in first person: I did this and that. Instead, always write in 3rd person: She/He did this and that. It's easier to fall into storytelling mode that way (past tenses). You can try forbidding yourself from using now/this as well in descriptions, as this brings the narrative into the immediate. I also find keeping a diary is not a particularly good habit for novel writing, all the "I...I...I". I always jot down ideas in character in 3rd person.
     
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    Try reading aloud as you go, you'll find it pretty easy because what you said won't make literal sense to you and you'll most likely stumble.
     
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    I have this issue as well. edit... edit... edit... I can't really think of any other way to go about it.
     

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