This week’s topic is ‘what tense do I write in?’
In school essays, I wrote in 1st person, much like these blog posts. As I progressed to short stories, 3rd person was the dominant ‘voice’.
But when I attempted my first full-length novel? I started in 3rd, but before I was finished, I started a 2nd one in 1st person. By the time I’d finished three full-length books, I’d switched back to 3rd person. When I decided to pursue publishing, the advice was to switch the 1st-person story to 3rd person, to match the others.
Which was fine, since I’d decided halfway through the story that I wasn’t being fair to the hero, not showing his side of the story. When I edited it for the 5th time, I found some instances where I hadn’t switched all the ‘me/I/we’s (this before I discovered the ‘search/replace’ button, ha ha!).
So yeah, the short answer is, ‘3rd person’.
The longer answer is, I began writing 3rd person Omniscient, which, I discovered, the rules had changed and no one liked head hopping. At the time, I was writing much like the books I was reading, Danielle Steele, Judith Michael, and other early works. Fast-forward twenty years, and that’s a no-no. Stick to one person POV per scene.
And now I notice it more!
Oh yeah, I manage to sneak one past an editor here or there…..just as long as I don’t do it too much, ha ha!
What tense do you prefer to read in? I’ll read some 1st person, but I really prefer 3rd. I hate, hate HATE 2nd person! Even more so than 1st person, present tense. Ugh! Don’t even get me started on that topic!
Update On Mom:
I’ve actually been gone this week, returning tomorrow. Mom has her physical therapy consult today. When I find out the results, I’ll update here. See you next week! I’ll be back at the Mosey Down Main St again on Saturday.
I was very disappointed in our Watermelon Festival. The last few years, I’ve managed to sell an average of 4-5 books…..this year, I sold only two, as I was packing up things at the end of the night. My colleague sold two also earlier in the day, so technically we broke even. Hope I have better success on Saturday!