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    When writing fictional works, is it always the safer choice to use past tense?

    heard that present tense can work and that past or present tense is only matter of stylistic choice. but also heard past tense the safer one.

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    Re: When writing fictional works, is it always the safer choice to use past tense?

    A skilled writer can use present tense, but the significant majority use past. I find reading in the present tense exhausting.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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