- For Teachers
I'm sorry if this is a ridiculous question or something, but it's been bothering me for the past hour and everyone I've asked has either said one way or the other - though hasn't particularly explained why.
I'm writing a story ( very short, amateur story ) that's written in the form of a journal, I guess.
In it, the character which is narrating it all ( I'll just call him John ) is clarifying all the events that happened the week before to his brother ( but rather than telling him in person, he's writing it. For minor reasons. )
So, I'm wondering, is it a bad idea to use present tense? They way I've done it is rather strange, and I'm almost positive switching from past to present tense at all is frowned upon, so suggestions would be lovely!
So, as an example, it goes like this:
'John' starts of the journal ( Or letter? ) mainly addressing his brother and explaining how the next few events he's about to explain are probably "unbelievable to an extent in which he has no reasonable explanation", before that 'chapter', 'prologue', or whatever it is ends, and then he begins explaining like an everyday journal, what happened.
Now the beginning I've got in all past tense, but when I begin to actually describe the events that took place, I use present tense. I know past tense is probably the way to go, but I think present tense would help with describing a lot of it, and with suspenseful things, and what not.
Have an example if that helps, but I feel like I've already rambled too much.
Oh, sorry! How about this:
And from the actually journal bit, or whatever:Bob has also mentioned my ‘lack of patience’ when it comes to speaking with you, and so in an attempt to keep you from resorting to, by Bob's terms, ‘locking us up in some sort of medical compact’, this was his suggestion.
The rest is all present tense, and I'm unsure as to whether any of that is right. LOL.A split-second of disorientation that converts sharply into perfect awareness. Not from a nightmare, not from a dream, but from an obnoxious sound spewing out of my mobile phone. Obviously, I am bewildered. When had I set an alarm to the Bee Gees? That's absolutely hateful. It’s sparks a reminder of something, though I can't remember exactly – whatever it was, I've obviously forgotten it by now.
Thank you, though!
Oh, thank you! I'm surprised we've never talked about it in class. I researched it a bit more though, and I understand what you mean. :D Thank you so much!