Feb. 19th, 2015

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Tricksy, slippery things, Exploratory Drafts!

When I picked up MoulderingBook on Tuesday, I had written several pages by the time I realised I was writing in first person, present tense.

So what? you ask.

Well, see, the rest of it is in first person, past tense.

I found myself wondering, if my subconscious has me writing this thing in first person, present tense — and it's so natural I don't even realise my mistake — then maybe that's because the whole story wants to be written in first person, present after all.

I tinkered with a few bits and the more I fiddled, the more convinced I grew.

Rats and double rats!

I'm going to ponder it for a while longer before doing anything drastic, and even if I do decide that I need to switch the tense, I'm not going to bother reworking the 20K I've already typed up until I come to work on the next version (i.e. once I have a complete Exploratory Draft). I must forge ahead or risk becoming mired.

It's irritating, but hey-ho, that's what Exploratory Drafts are for. It's kind of fascinating how they sometimes romp off and make their own decisions.

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