glorybee wrote:Oh Leah, I couldn't agree with you more about the reading. I was appalled, a few years ago, when there was a "what are you reading" thread, and at least one poster said that she's "not a reader".
Wow... am I ever feeling insecure as a writer?!?!? I haven't read a book since I was a teenager... over thirty years ago. Maybe that's what held me back as a writer.... suppose?
I'm not joking. When I buy a book, it is ALWAYS a text book or how-to book or something for the computer illiterate. NEVER a novel. NEVER a book of stories. NEVER poetry. I'm not bragging about that. As a writer, I am ashamed. 60 years old is TOO OLD to keep saying "I've never read that book, but it sounds interesting."
Now, for this lesson: I've been trying to think what tense would make for a totally gripping story for a challenge and I have come to a decision. See if my logic holds true. The hardest tense to write with any amount of skill seems to be first person present. It is very isolated in its POV and limiting in its action. You can't say "He thought this" because you don't know what "he" thought. So why write in this tense at all?
Here's why I am going to try it sometime in the future. (If you judge during the challenge I write this for, I NEVER REALLY SAID THIS. Forget it!) It seems that if I did a good job with the first person present tense, then the reader would vicariously become
the MC. You would feel, taste, smell, think... respond to everything that happens in the story with an edge of "I don't know what is coming next because I am just now living this experience." If the MC is about to open a door that could have an assailant waiting to attack, the reader is thinking "Don't open that door!" When she does open it and no danger is there, both MC and reader breathe a sigh of relief.
That's my thoughts anyway. It would be hard to pull off, but it seems worth the effort.
Maybe I should read some books before I try it.
I had something really memorable to write here but I forgot what it was.