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Verb Tense

To any and all writers out there, professional or hobbyist, what are your thoughts on verb tense?

I find I usually stick mostly to past tense –  119 more words

the Dublin Limited

Freshman year of college I took a class on Joyce and there first heard the term ‘free-indirect discourse’. I was profoundly shocked. Before this I had not realized the extent of an author’s control over his characters. 466 more words


A Plea for the Retention of the Special Case of the Word "Hanged"

When I was a young’n, like you whippersnappers today, the word ‘hang’ had a special past tense case. When used as a word to describe being executed by having a rope noose tied around your neck and letting your body weight strangle you (or break your neck), the past tense was ‘hanged.’ Not ‘hung.’ 133 more words

Bloodsong Blathers

Authors Answer 23 - Point of View

I’m eating bacon.

You’re eating bacon.

He’s eating bacon.

I ate bacon.

You ate bacon.

He ate bacon.

Point of view is a choice every author must make before writing a story.  1,098 more words


Rory's Story Cube

I have been reviewing regular past tense verbs with my students. During the last session, I used a superhero worksheet to review 6 regular past tense words. 209 more words


Verb tense

Past Perfect & Past Tense by Luca Traversa, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

Sometimes when I am revising my writing I find I have jumbled up the tenses and need to pay attention to that as I edit. 230 more words

Writing Mechanics

Pros and Cons of Writing Your Novel in Past Vs. Present Tense

Should you write your novel in past or present tense? If you don’t have a default, “go to” tense that you write in, this is one of the first decisions a writer has to make when starting a new novel. 902 more words


Robert W. Oliver reblogged this on The Knowledge Taco and commented:

Here's a great article on the pros and cons of writing in the past and present tenses. Although author Ellen Brock focuses on novel writing, her advice is equally applicable to short stories and essays. Please read it as a follow up to yesterday's discussion of verb tense. - Mr. O