Last time, I shared that one of the questions we can ask ourselves to determine when we should italicize our characters’ thoughts was:
- What verb tense do we want to use? Although some authors like to write in present tense, most stories are still written in literary past tense. That means for a direct quote, the verb tense would change to present tense.
My mention of “literary past tense” prompted Anne Kaelber to ask for more information, especially as her Google search didn’t result in easy answers. Surprised that her search didn’t reveal anything, I did several searches as well to try to point her to a good resource. Nothing. Huh.
Alrighty then! Let’s dig into the term. *smile* What does literary past tense mean, and how is it different from normal past tense?