grammerFilter: present/past tense
November 20, 2006 9:52 AM Subscribe
I am writing a children's book (first time). I can't decide whether to use present or past tense. Here's a sample in present tense:
Bobby walks slowly into the water. The waves rush up over his feet, but he is not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He goes a little farther. And a little farther. The water is up to his knees.
and past tense:
Bobby walked slowly into the water. The waves rushed up over his feet, but he was not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He went a little farther. And a little farther. The water was up to his knees.
The present tense seems a little more "active", but past tense has certain story telling quality. Any comments on why I should use one or the other?
posted by allelopath to media & arts (17 answers total)