The trouble with tenses

Part of my personal mission statement is, “I seek to be a problem solver and visionary, to be intense, not tense.”

Today, I’m struggling with tense. It’s intense.

I’ve started a new project, and the setting is 1982:

I was the tallest girl in ninth grade if you didn’t count Amy, and I didn’t count Amy because she was my best friend. Or one of them anyway.

That’s past tense. Or maybe past perfect?

I had been the tallest girl in ninth grade if you hadn’t counted Amy, and I hadn’t because she had been my best friend. Or one of them anyway.

Or how tortured. Definitely not. Or maybe I should forget past tenses altogether and go with present tense to evoke a “here and now” feel for the young adult market:

 

I am the tallest girl in ninth grade if you don’t count Amy, and I don’t count Amy because she is my best friend. Or one of them anyway.

 

However, I suspect today’s young adults have as much interest in 1982 as they in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 1882.

I think I’ll stick with past tense.

Or I’m stuck with it.

I thought? I think.

I think. Therefore, I write. Or I wrote. My memoir, “The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal,” is available (definitely “is”) in paperback from Amazon or as an ebook from Amazon Kindle, Nook and Kobo for iPad.

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  1. Pingback: Art borne ‘In Tension’ or of intention | Minnesota Transplant

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