The Way It Works

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a plotter. I get the idea in my head, I start writing, and then as the story progresses, I make notes and handwrite scenes I want to include that get tweaked when I put them on the page.

I usually write in first person, past tense. I’ve occasionally tried my hand at third past. (What I’m working on now is actually in third). But as I was writing my notes the other day, I realized something strange. Even though I almost always write my story in first, my notes are always in third person, present tense.

The note will readSeth looks around to make sure he’s alone but when I actually write it into the story? I looked around to make sure I was alone.

I’m not sure why this is. I seems that I should write my notes in the tense in which I’m writing the story. But I’m not going to look too in depth into it. It works, for whatever reason. And that’s all that matters to me.

2 thoughts on “The Way It Works”

  1. When you write your notes, it’s you, thinking about your story. When you write your story, you’re putting yourself in your character’s head, and so it comes out differently. One is external, the other internal, if that makes sense. It’s not so strange.


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