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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!
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 — Study.com
How to Write a Novel in the Present Tense
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
Past Tense vs. Present Tense?
By Joe Bunting — The Write Practice
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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