By now you should be ready to try your hand and switching up past and present tense. We talked a bit about the differences between the two, and we examined how Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo employed both in his novel, Empire Falls.
Now, it’s your turn. I mentioned before that, if we’re going to use present tense, we should identify a good reason for doing so. Sometimes, we can’t do that until we’ve seen what our work looks like in the present tense.
So, if you’re writing in the past tense, find a good-sized paragraph and rewrite it in the present tense. If you run into trouble, shoot me a note on the Contacts page and I’d be happy to give you a hand.
If you’re already writing in the present tense, and you’re willing to share, we’d love to hear why you chose to go that route.