- Feb 25, 2022
Is it possible that there's nothing inherently wrong with present tense, and it is just being used by untalented writers?
And it happens that I have seen my books in used-book stores. Not exactly often, but not exactly rarely, either. Since I am known to be a local author I am sure I sell more copies in this area than elsewhere, and of course that means that some are going to end up sold to used-book stores I am likely to visit. Lots of readers sell books after they read them so they will have more money to buy more books, so it's not like I take it all that personally. So I don't think he needed to hide the books whenever he found something by someone he knew. It's not like it's going to kill them to see it in a local used-book shop. It's probably happened before. For me, it can be a little sad that someone didn't like it enough to hang onto it, but, depending on which book it is and how many author's copies I have remaining, I am apt to pounce on it gleefully and buy it myself so I can hang on to it for posterity or to give to an interested friend.
Did you buy it? I'd be sorely tempted to do so, then tell the original recipient that you've another piece just like theirs, and were they interested in buying it, to make the pair...I have seen a piece of my jewellery at a flea market 10+ years after making it. My first reaction was the burst out laughing. I did feel a little sad that the person I'd made it for hadn't held on to it, but it didn't bother me too much as it was a super early piece of mine and one of my first custom orders.
Lol! No, I didn't, but that would have been hilarious to do if I were still in contact with the original buyer. I did get the fun of the booth owner's reaction though and he tried to sell it back to me .Did you buy it? I'd be sorely tempted to do so, then tell the original recipient that you've another piece just like theirs, and were they interested in buying it, to make the pair...
I will write in future tense.
Which I have done presently.
Uh oh, a tense paradox!
Perhaps, but that doesn’t necessarily excuse it, or mean it isn’t usually a bad way of writing. I read and review a lot of new short fiction, and at least half the work being published these days (a) meets the current style fashions, and (b) is poorly written ‘style’ over substance.The thing is, present tense is very popular with young readers, especially readers of YA fantasy. It's what they've become accustomed to, just as we're more accustomed to stories being told in the past tense.
Talk about someone living in the past!Phillip Pullman on the subject:
‘I don’t care how many people enjoy it, fiction in the present tense is an ABDICATION OF NARRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY. I resent having to re-calibrate my entire attitude to time whenever I open a novel in the present tense. Away with them!’ (Twitter, 18 August)
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