I’m about halfway through rewriting my newest WIP. One of the things I’m doing is changing from past to present tense. It’s a tedious job but so far, I’m liking the results.
My reasons for making the change:
1. While writing the first draft, I kept breaking into present tense.
2. My WIP is a survival story and I was looking for more of a sense of immediacy than I was feeling with the first draft.
3. I’ve never written a novel in present tense and thought it’d be a good learning experience.
When I started my rewrite I had some major resistance to changing tenses because it looked like a huge job and I wasn’t sure it’d be worth the time. With writing, and teaching too for that matter, I’ve found that sometimes the things I feel resistance to are the very things I need to be working on.
Have you pushed through any resistance lately? How did it go?
What factors help you to determine the right tense for your novel? Have you ever rewritten a novel in a different tense? How did it turn out for you?