Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine, laments that we have to sacrifice this particular kind of suspense when we use present tense. Characterisation is easier and potentially deeper when you can handle the Then and Now of your story so fluently.
At one point, after two young lovers, Chloé and Oscar, have been housesitting for him, he hears the sounds of their lovemaking coming from the basement. Will you be preparing yourself for the test? I will be buying a new cup. The more we know about a characters past, for example, the more we can understand her present.
Many of us, however, do not. Follow Brian on Twitter: @BrianKlems Sign up for Brians free Writers Digest eNewsletter: WD Newsletter You might also like. I have only met her once. After all, a story youre telling has already happened, either in real life, or in your imagination. Present-tense fiction can create another kind of suspense, of coursethe kind we feel when no one knows the outcomebut not this kind. Subject Will NOT be Present Participle (1st form of verb ing) Object.
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