Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Writing Tips - Past vs Present Tense

I just thought I'd post a few thoughts about past vs present tense. When do you use them?

Generally, most children books are written in present tense. It's easier for them to understand the story unfolding in the "now."

Post adult books are written in the past tense. It's easier to understand and read as an adult.

Here's an example: Present tense. Caterpillar licks his lips.

Past tense: The caterpillar licked his lips.

Present tense can be a bit disconcerting for adult readers, but for young readers just starting out, it's easier for them to understand the story in the present.

Food for thought when considering what tense to use for your next story or project.

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