Writing in the Present Tense

While working on my ebook novella, AVANTI,  I enrolled in a screenwriting class. That’s when I tried out Present Tense narration. Then a segment from my novella was enacted by a trio of actors standing right there in front of me. They were all excellent actors and nailed their parts, which totally blew me away. Just imagine — your characters standing there in real life speaking their lines. 

Now I’m writing everything in the Present Tense.

So give it a try. It could work for you, too.
Cheers and Happy Writing!
Adam James


Present Tense

Present Tense narration emphasizes
the immediacy of the situation and
the uncertainty of the future.

The Benefits of Writing in Present Tense

Present tense creates a more immersive story experience

By Tom Farr — The Writing Cooperative

Writing in present tense creates makes the reader feel like they’re experiencing the action of the story as it’s happening. This helps the reader to feel more immersed in the story than if it was told in past tense.



Everything Is Happening Now — Present Tense In Fiction

By Jean McNeil


The Four Present Tenses and Their Ten Uses

David Recine — Magoosh Blog


How to Choose Between Present and Past Tense

By Brian Rowe — Medium


How to Choose Your Novel’s Point-Of-View & Tense

By Kristen Kieffer


How to Write in  Present Tense

By David Boyles —


How to Write a Novel in the Present Tense

By MasterClass


In Defense of the Present Tense

By Alexander Chee — Literary Hub


Present Tense Books

By Mignon Fogarty — Quick and Dirty Tips


Past Tense or Present Tense?

By Harvey Chapman — Novel Writing Help


Present Tense Pros and Cons

By David Jauss — Writer’s Digest

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Past Tense vs. Present Tense?

By Joe Bunting — The Write Practice

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Present Tense Verbs

By Mark Damen


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

By Ellen Brock — Professional Freelance Novel Editor


The Rise of Present Tense Fiction

By Richard Lea — The Guardian


Writing in the Present Tense: The Good and the Bad

By Writers Online


Writing a Story in Present Tense

By Jenn — Herded Words

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