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To write or not to write

my novel in a present tense?

Well, most of the time, the novelist will write it in a past tense and it is rather rare to see a novel written in a present tense. And I am hesitating if I should write it in a present tense. I write writing experiments and I usually put it as a present tense just to let the reader view things like a play, and so that the reader would be able to grow along with the character. However, if I make something too strange and out of the mainstream, I fear that it might not sell.

First of all, I will be writing a novel about 5 different characters, pursuing their dreams in the city. Each of the character is written in a first person point-of-view, because I want to use the voice of the character to speak to the readers. It is more of less like a diary, but since I want to make each character development more obvious, I will slowly change the voice of each character…..

It will be the biggest task of novel writing I have ever done. I have never actually worried so much about grammar or style of writing, I simply write whatever I want to write, but this type, I need to develop my own writing skills.

And when I am confident with this style, I’ll post up excerpts!

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About angelofdevotion

Born in Thailand, raised in Singapore, came back to Thailand during my teens and lived there since. English is more of my native language, and I teach it for a living!

Discussion

2 thoughts on “To write or not to write

  1. Personally, I LOVE writing in present tense! I used to stick to past tense, but once I tried out present tense it felt like such a breath of fresh air. I actually see many novels in present tense, the majority of them in first person.

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel that past tense is… heavier. More cluttered. :/ Am I making sense? And present tense doesn’t use “was” (a word I really don’t like) nearly as much as past tense does.

    Best of luck on your novel~ 😀

    Posted by entrancia | August 21, 2010, 3:08 am
    • Thanks for the comment! I am really happy to know that we both feel the same! What I am expecting is that my novel is happening the exact same time as the reader reading it! Oh, I also agree that past tense actually makes the story heavier.

      ^^ Thanks for the support *chuu*

      Posted by angelofdevotion | August 21, 2010, 12:34 pm

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