Okay, wow, I'm a little disappointed in myself for such a terrible title. Apologies.
Recently, I've been doing some very pleasurable pleasure reading. Just finished Hannah Moskowitz's BREAK and just started GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray (who, by the way, makes my teeth sweat with her wonderousness.) Both of them write in the present tense (at least in these two books).
Turns out, I'm embarrassingly suggestible. Here I am, trying to start my new project, and I keep slipping into present tense. It's like an infection in my brain. Maybe these clever ladies are secretly infecting the whole literary world with present tense-itis!
So today, after two days of writing sentences that mixed tenses like a third grader, I have finally decided to give in. I am writing my first present-tense story. I may live to regret this, but I think it's worth the noble experiment.
In a spectacular feat of rationalizing, I have come up with a short list of reasons that present tense can be the right fit for a story.
1. It puts the reader smack-dab into the main character's experience. There is no sensation that there are secrets being kept from the reader.
2. It eliminates that pesky past-perfect tense if you have a lot of backstory or flashbacks to get through.
3. It's jam-packed with all sort of swell actiony verbs for that sense of immediacy!
4. In first person narrative, it eliminates potential confusion between direct thoughts and narrative.
5. It's kind of trendy! Something I can so rarely say about my projects!
What's the verdict, people? Do we like present tense?