Present or Past???

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Which tense do you prefer?

Past tense (it's the most common and normal thing)
6
60%
Present tense (so what? "Common" and "normal" doesn't necessarily translate as "good"...)
3
30%
Future tense (a little bit of extravaganze, eh? ;))
0
No votes
Doesn't matter to me
1
10%
I don't really notice tenses, anyway
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No votes
 
Total votes : 10

Present or Past???

Postby lilyme » Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:32 pm

Long story short - I had a discussion with one of my betas. Now, I love my betas, mind you (:wink:), but...sometimes we have very different opinions about certain topics.

What that topic was? Tenses in fanfics, ladies and gentlemen.

- I like writing in present tense, probably because I'm more used to it, but also because it has a better feel to me - makes me feel as if I'm right in the story.
- My beta likes past tense (which she also uses in her own stories) and is trying to persuade me to write past tense. She says that all the good books were written in past tense and that readers generally don't like reading in present tense (but only because they're not used to it - hehe (that's my thought) :lol: ).

So, I'm interested in your opinions concerning this topic. Any tense preferences and why? Or is it of little interest for you in which tense a certain story was written?

Any comment is appreciated. Knock yourselves out :P
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Postby Akeela » Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:14 pm

.…. Every thing happens in the NOW.
….. Where, pray tell, is the tension to be found in the past tense?
A . The surprises?The frights? The shocks?
K . We can hear about past experiences We LIVE the present ones.
E . That’s how it is for me.
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Postby KerochanNoMiko » Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:17 am

Personally, I hate stories written in present tense because it almost always sounds awkward and it tends to throw me out of the story.

There are people who can do it well, but the other 99.9% of the population should stick with past. :P
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Postby D.M.Jewelle » Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:01 am

Whatever works, works - if it sounds better in present tense, go for it.
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Postby Akeela » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:47 pm

It's About (real)Time
.. Here's
.. The thing
.. If the protagonist
.. Tells you what happened
.. Seems pretty likely they survived
.. Wouldn't readers rather find that out
A Preferably at the culmination of the tale
K More exciting to observe it all unfold realtime
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Postby Dana5140 » Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:15 pm

No, it does not always work that way. I completely agree with KerachanNoMiko, I dislike most present tense writing.
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Postby Schattenkind » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:14 pm

If I am reading a present tense story then I notice it and spend the rest of the time noticing it and not what is happening in the story. I suppose that if more people wrote in the present tense more people would be good at writing in the present, but as it is, I prefer the past.
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Postby lilyme » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:59 am

Btw, by now I've past tensed the entire thing...more than 200 pages...that was a b*tch, I tell ya :roll:

And now my lovely (alpha) beta, who convinced me to do so in the first place, apparently doesn't want to beta for me any more... and I'm sitting there with my 200 pages of "well-I-don't-if-I-past-tensed-it-correctly". Gee, thanks so much... :wall:
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Postby Akeela » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:56 am

After
Pontificating twice
Upon tense question
I re-read my doorstopper*
To examine my writing technique
All the dialogue's present o'course
The entire narration's written past tense
Akeela stands astride both now and then
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* That'd be "Big Trouble Brewin' in Sleep Hollow"
(Sorta cleaned and rescribed in less confusing linear order)
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