Time for a grammar lesson! Today we get to talk about all the different types of tenses you can write in!
Past tense– most traditional type of tense in writing
Present tense– seen a lot in the YA genre
Points of View!
1st person– I, me, my; talking about yourself.
2nd person– you; written like a letter, talking to the reader.
3rd person– she, he, they; an outsider’s perspective, the narrator.
Things get really complicated after this but this is how in-depth we’re going today to keep things simple.
I used to write in 1st person present, which is really odd for people to read sometimes because it’s not super common. But a lot of YA novels write like that, so that’s how I started writing in 1st person present. These days I write in 3rd person past. My writing has matured and shifted, and so has the genre I write in. Because I’m beginning to write more complex novels, I can’t tell a story through 1st person point of view.
There’s lot of different ways to tell a story. You just have play around and see which tense and POV fits your style and your story. What tense and POV do you write in?