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Past Or Present Tense?

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LifeHeartCross Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Which do you prefer, past or present tense, when reading or writing novels? Why?
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shadowcat1717 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
meh I sometimes dont really care about it lol
as long as I can follow how the story goes I'm good with it :P
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Mr-Timeshadow Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
If a great writer found a way to speak in present tense, then fine. But most can't, so I prefer past tense. It feels less labored to me.
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who cares? I haven't heard of many instances (read: none) where a person liked a book less because of the point of view it was in.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional
Future tense.

Or, you know, whatever makes sense for the goddamn message.
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:iconladyander:
LadyAnder Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It up to what I am writing. I prefer past.
Reading, I don't care. Present isn't my favorite.

-_- I really need to just copy my answer to this question and paste it every time it is asked.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Writer
I really need to just copy my answer to this question and paste it every time it is asked.

so i'm not the only one who notices this trend?
thanks for the co-sign
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:iconladyander:
LadyAnder Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome.

I've just been holding my tongue for awhile but it has become increasingly difficult lately.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
that's why i just let it all out. why we treat new writers/young writers around here like they're made of glass -- it's not doing them any good. we need to treat them like they are real people and the real world isn't always kind. sheesh, if they can make it here with the attitude that seems to come around from time to time, they'll not only develop their writing skill but maybe a thicker skin as well.
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Writer
We get this question a lot in this forum. The answers are going to vary with each writer, naturally. I think it is only fair to ask the following:

why does it matter what we prefer?
will our answers make any difference in what you do as a writer?
does this seem like an intelligent or unique question to ask a group of writers?
are you going to make changes to your writing habits based on our answers?
don't you think asking a question based on simple curiosity is a form of procrastination?
why are you doing this instead of writing?

you are not obligated to answer these questions here and it's probably best you don't because this is rhetoric at its most basic. keep in mind that we like our imaginations and intellects stretched and challenged in this forum. we tend to frown upon these incredibly basic questions where our opinions don't really matter. you might as well ask if we prefer to write on paper or on a computer. it doesn't matter. we do what we do, we like what we like. i would recommend you lurk more and see the kinds of people who are here and the kind of responses that are generally given on a daily basis. your thread is sitting among other deeper-seeking questions in comparison. get familiar with where you are. it will benefit you a lot more than what you seem to be doing right now, which according to your page, is a whole lot of nothing, which makes your presence here all the more unusual. it's not that you're not welcome, but you are among a pretty tight group of individuals who are, for the most part, very strong-willed with a high level of BS intolerance. just so you know, and knowledge is power.
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LifeHeartCross Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But thank you for your input. It is appreciated.
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LifeHeartCross Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been told that present tense works better in short stories because it keeps the immediacy and suspense, but in novels it gets too much for the reader and may be tiring.
I've been told that past tense is use far too often and is not very unique.
If I ever get published, it does matter what the readers prefer, what they like and dislike; hence the sales.
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Writer
it does matter what the readers prefer, what they like and dislike

tense isn't going to be the first thing they leap to. a good story is.
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:iconmerrak:
merrak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Second person future tense.

You will be amazed at how it reads.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Writer
HA
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I reckon it would read like an infomercial. :giggle: "Your family and friends will be amazed at your sudden transformation! You'll be able to buy that slinky dress you've had your eye on! You'll be gliding away those extra kilos while watching TV!!!"
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merrak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Second person future tense would make 50 Shades of Grey interesting...
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
"Your family and friends will be AMAZED as you sashay into the room like the femme fatale you really are! "Who is that saucy minx?" they will gasp. You will smile as you wrap your arms around your dreamboat billionaire's neck. Thank goodness you learned how to unleash your inner goddess."
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:iconlucy-merriman:
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
:lmao:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds like the worst/best choose your own adventure ever.
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I fear where it goes next. :fear:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You will find out...and you'll like it.
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
meep :omg:
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, now that I would read.
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
"Just five easy payments of $67.93 and you could get your goddess out of the galaxy and into the arms of your very own Mister Grey."
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will be satisfied as I sign up for your illustrious offer.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:
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ClayCowboys Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
I personally prefer past tense when writing. For reading, as long as the book is good, it doesn't fully matter to me whether it's in past or present tense. :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer whatever choice the author's put some thought into.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Writer
THIS FOREVER AND EVER AMEN
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you, too.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Whatever works. :shrug:

Usually past tense, though.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
We get this question an awful lot. =P

If it's third person, I prefer past (though I recently read a brilliant short story in 3rd person present). If it's first, either.

These days I write in 3rd person past, though I used to do first person present quite a bit.
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