Antenna (antennapedia) wrote,
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Fight it? Or not?

I'm trying to write something in the present tense. I keep slipping back into the conventional past. Fight this trend, yes or no?

I always worry that tense games are pretentious. You know, all Raymond Carver and jay McInerney. I worry that they're gimmicky, as if I'm saying that my story isn't good enough to hold attention all on its own. Because they are unconventional, they make it harder for the reader to slip into the fictional dream. Though that might be the intention. I do feel that sort of rushy, ephemeral vibe that the present tense can give you.

Buh. I dunno. Opinions on tense issues in general?
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