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Noah Cochran


Thanks man, I might check it out.


The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson is a first person present tense book alternating with first person past tense. It made sense, but I think it could easily have gone south. If you’re careful I think you could make it work.

Alrighty, I might take a look at that book. And yes, that’s what I’m worried about. I’m thinking that playing with tenses like that can easily exasperate a reader.

I have written first person present tense for short stories. If you think it would be helpful, I would gladly share some with you.

Sure, send one over, I’ll check it out.


Also, your narrator will be ridiculously unreliable. They might even say something that’s outright untrue because their opinion is so subjective.

Good point, I’ll keep that in mind.

I wouldn’t change the tenses unless it was actually happening in the past, otherwise, it’ll definitely get confusing.

Alrighty, that’s the main thing I was wanting to know, and it seems that it’s just too strange. I suppose my options are to have third person present povs, make it all past tense, or remove the third person povs. We’ll see.

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