I just got a great book idea, but I don't know whether to write it out in first person past tense or first person present tense. I've always liked first person pov the best because it gives you more of a look inside one person's head while keeping everyone else a mystery, but I don't know which tense to use. Past makes it seem as if the main character is recalling the event, but present puts you there. I've always liked past tense the best so that's all I've ever used, but I don't know if I should change it up or keep it how I always have. So you decide for me, past tense or present tense?
- First person past tense56% (5)33% (3)44% (8)Vote
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"I hike up my old fishnets and adjust my short skirt before approaching the expensive looking vehicle that has pulled up to the curb in front of me. The windows are tinted, so I can’t see inside."
"I hiked up my old fishnets and adjusted my short skirt before I approached the expensive looking vehicle that had pulled up to the curb in front of me. The windows were tinted, so I couldn't see inside."
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I prefer to write in past tense haha present slightly harder because it's like living in the now
For past I'm always like
Ok I write creepy emotional stories as my teacher used to say
Because it's easy for my to portray such deep emotion into a charted first or third person haha
And past tense just makes it much more of an impact1
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