3 Books to Read if You Want to Write in the Present Tense

Writers interested in spicing up their prose should check these books out to see how to do it well, and how to do it poorly

Sean Myers
Writers’ Blokke

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I live with the curse of being a writer. Unlike other people, I can’t simply read a book. Instead, I’m forced to engage with its inner workings, wrestle with the author’s decisions, and peel apart the language that’s used.

When I read a book, I read it “for craft.”

It’s like when I was (briefly) interested in doing stand-up comedy. I watched comic after comic on YouTube and looked for things like:

  • Where and how they held the microphone
  • How much they interacted with the audience
  • How long they let the audience laugh before talking again

So that’s why I was fascinated when, through sheer happenstance, I found myself reading a third straight book that was written in the present tense.

One of them did it very poorly.

The other two do it effectively, though both of them use the story-within-a-story structure.

These are the Books

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Sean Myers
Writers’ Blokke

Author of the Cancelling Reality newsletter and author of Flight of Fools, a satire/fantasy about escapism and reality — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B49PRRSF