A quick question (or questions, these things always proliferate), in the middle of a crazed day, but one that's been bubbling in my brain ever since I started dipping into fic as a reader and a writer.
I've noted that a large number of writers use present tense when they write. I have read, and nearly always enjoyed, their stories. That's probably largely because I'm blessed to be reading in fandoms with high quality writers - or at least, I'm reading fic from my fandom on sites that carry and encourage good writing. (No I don't read on ffnet, why do you ask?)
However I don't, with rare exceptions, write in the present tense myself. More, it's not what I would consider the "go-to" tense when telling stories. Perhaps that's my background as a reporter, perhaps not.
If you're a fic writer:
- Do you tend to, or do you prefer to, write in present tense?
- Do you do so largely because other writers in your fandom do so?
- Do you choose it deliberately for stylistic reasons? If so, why, and what are some of those reasons?
- Do you tend to, or do you prefer to, read stories written in the present tense?
- What are your reasons?
- Why do you think present tense appears to be a popular, preferred stylistic choice for fic when it is, arguably, a rare stylistic choice in non-fannish fiction writing?
I probably should have put this into some sort of graph form, and I may still do that, but I wanted to get the questions out there. (I may end up cross posting this to comms where the question might be Relevant To Peoples' Interest; again, that may have to wait until work craziness subsides.)
Thanks for your input, folks! (Or perhaps I should say, thanks for humoring the crazy lady ....)
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