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How to Write Point of View, Part 10, Choosing Tense and POV

Story Empire

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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about how to write Point of View (POV), and how to choose your story’s tense for best effect.

The writer has a few options when it comes to choosing tense (which is your verb tense), and some of those meld better than others with certain POV lenses. As with POV, the tense you choose will make all the difference to the look and feel of your story.

What are your Tense and POV Choices?

The writer can choose between past, present, and future tenses. Each of these can be paired with 1st person/2nd person/and 3rd person close/distant POVs.

Commonly, 1st person POV works best with present tense.

3rd person tends to lend itself best to past tense but will also work with present tense.

The least used…

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