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
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
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
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