I'm getting my past and present confused in writing?

I'm writing in 1st person and want the character to be talking about himself but it's supposed to be in past tense so I don't know if I'm screwing up the tenses or not. Maybe I'm just being paranoid but I don't know if I'm breaking some sort of writing rule.
It's hard to explain so here's a crappy on-the-spot example:

Hi, my name's bob.

The woman cooked me some cheese.

I like cheese.

OR, does it have to be:

My name was Bob.

The woman cooked me some cheese.

I liked cheese.

What do you think?


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What Guys Said 4

  • "Hi, my name's Bob," I said.
    The woman cooked me some cheese.
    I told her that I like cheese.

    As for "my name was Bob" is wrong unless you've changed it. If it is still Bob, then the past tense is wrong.
    "I liked cheese" is wrong for the same reason, unless you no longer like cheese.

    When using direct or indirect quotes just use the tense you woul use in a normal conversation.

    "My name was Bob until I changed it" is also correct.

    Hope this helps Good luck.

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  • If he still likes cheese, then it's like. If he don't like cheese no more, then it's past tense

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  • Like.

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  • DF OP?

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What Girls Said 2

  • In this case, I think you can mix the tenses, unless you want to convey that Bob no longer likes cheese.

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  • First one is the right choice

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