How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 85
CHANGING THE TENSE
Here is a simple tip for the new year from my friend Caroline Arnold who has published many wonderful books. Sometimes the simplest changes are the most revealing. Thank you, Caroline!
“My book A Guide Dog Puppy Grows Up tells how dogs are trained to work with blind people by following one puppy from birth to graduation. My first manuscript had all the facts but seemed to be missing something. Then my editor suggested changing the tense from the past to the present. I did and suddenly the story came alive, making us feel as if we are participating in the action. So, if you are stuck in your story, take a look at the tense and see if changing it makes us see your story in a new light.”
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