When I say, 'tense', I'm meaning present tense and past tense, '-ed' and '-s', you know?
The reason I called this post Tense Confusion is because I've been having trouble with it. Like whether or not to use it.
Oh, I've decided to use past tense all right, not only because other writers do it, but because I feel more comfortable doing it. But for some reason, I'm still arguing with myself.
Voice 1; "But present tense sounds more epic!"
Voice 2; "It's harder to read."
Voice 1; "It is not."
Voice 2; "Yes, it is."
Voice 1; "Is not!"
Voice 2; "Is too!"
Voice 1; "Is not! Plus, it sounds epic."
Voice 2; "You already said that."
Voice 1; "I know, it's important."
Voice 3; "Aw, just be quiet. We're using past tense, and that's that!"
And so it goes. I finally decided to use past tense, for the reasons named above, but I couldn't resist dabbling a bit with present tense in my prologue.
When I have finished the scene, I went back to past tense, and for the next page, I unknowingly mixed present and past tense.
I ended up editing the entire thing back into past tense.
The lesson here? Use only one tense when writing a story. :)