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Jess R. Plowman

I feel like first person present tense is quite popular right now. The Hunger Games was in that viewpoint if I’m not mistaken, and a lot of YA series seemed to follow suit – Divergent, at least, off the top of my head. Hunger Games did it well, but following that, in my generation at least, there seemed to be a huge influx of hobby writing that used it, um, not as well lol. The main pitfall there, in my humble opinion, was that it becomes really easy to slip into introspection, while using present tense as a crutch to create the illusion of action. You still have to have things happening on the page.

I don’t know if that’s much of a tip… I don’t do a lot of writing in that POV myself, but that’s my observation from a reader’s perspective at least.

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