Allow me to begin with a preface to my question:

When I was 24 years old, I completed my first draft of a fantasy novel of approximately 140k words, all of which was written in present tense. I was content and proud in my accomplishment, and left it at that for many years. Now at age 32, I've gone through an existential crisis, and realized I'd like to return to writing, first for myself, and second in the hopes of becoming published one day. The latter reason may be a pipe-dream, but that's beside the point. I'm willing to fail at that reasom, but through no fault of my own.

My goal in the next year is to rewrite my novel with much improved characters, world, and plotline. I've outlined such a version, which will change ~90% of what I've previously written, so in effect, I'm starting over. My next step is to sit down and start writing, but I am torn between keeping it in the present tense, or adapting the story to the much more common past tense.

Would writing in present tense hurt my chances of being published one day? Like I said, I'm writing this for myself as my primary goal, however that includes challenging myself to create a work that can hold its own against the novels of great writers.

I've asked friends and family, but believe they're I'll equipped to answer, so I turn to you all for some guidance. Thanks for your replies!

Source: reddit post


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