This is the third part in my series on narrative mode. I wrote about narrative voice briefly some months ago, in the context of narrative mode. To review, narrative mode has three components: Person – First (“I”), second (“you”), or third (“he”). Tense – Past, present, or future. Voice – Objective, Limited, or Omniscient (I’ll […]
Sometimes writers talk about what “tense” they’re writing in: third-person past, first-person present, or whatever. This is actually called “narrative mode,” not just tense. The tense is the past, present, or future part of the narrative mode. And the narrative mode encompasses more than just person and tense.