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Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com • FIRST PERSON : FAQs • Page 4 • Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com
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Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:52 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:57 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:07 am
by pls
Proves my point that I enjoy reading fiction in either past or present, and first or third person … as long as a good story is being rolled out for me. I don't automatically reject a story because of its tense or person; I just read it, and if you hate present tense … well, time to take a get-over-it pill.

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:54 am
by Laycrew

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:28 pm
by updog

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:52 pm
by DrG2
I recently read a war memoir which was curiously written in first person present tense although the action happened 25 years before it was published.

It did confirm one thing for me: present tense is great for scenes that are meant to be disjoint or confusing (as some of the firefights were).

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:50 am
by kamalayka
Let's tell of our hatred of the present tense, and let's do so in the present tense.

Oh, wait.

Nevermind.

I'm just being a smart-ass.

PS

I notice that a lot of people use present tense when relaying true stories in a casual setting. (Hey, so I'm taking my girlfriend out for a night on the town, and whadduya know, the wife shows up! And she's got my brother with her...)

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:31 am
by mammamaia
i agree with james on this and usually don't like having to read present tense fiction, even if the story is a good one, so i force myself to keep reading...

that said, i just finished a 'good read' purportedly 'by' james patterson, though actually and obviously not written by him, but by one of his franchisees ['ZOO'], in which the writer used present tense to great effect only in the parts where it signalled to the reader that someone was about to be attacked... it was a clever use of the tense switch and added to the suspense and horror aspects of the read, rather than distracting and detracting from it, as i find most use of present tense does for me...

but that was just one of the rare exceptions that proves the rule, imo...

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:37 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: FIRST PERSON

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:35 pm
by DrG2