If writing were only as easy as many people think it is. This post is about Tense.

There are two tenses used in writing, present and past. When writing, the author chooses one and stays consistent within the text.

When using the present tense, the verbs used reflect actions happening now.

When using the past tense, the verbs used reflect actions that have happened.

When using the future tense, the verbs used reflect actions that will occur.

Rarely will writers use the future tense in writing fiction or non-fiction.

Caveat: This series of posts is by no means a course on writing but only some basic information to help anyone wishing to write better.

To learn about tense, you will have to do some reading and research. A good source to begin with is the Purdue Online Writing Lab – Purdue University.

Aside from making sure that there is verb subject agreement, there is also the tense of the verb to take into consideration in your writing.

Most writing is done in the past tense, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only one used. It is up to each writer to determine what tense that they wish to use in their story or paper they are writing.

There are no hard fast rules when writing. Writers have to know the rules before they can do what they want in a story that makes sense to the reader.

Choose your tense well and stay consistent; or you will bore your reader of any type of writing from résumé to report.

The last part in this series is POV (Point of View)

Robert Medak

Freelance writer/editor/reviewer

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