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BlackThornRose Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I found myself sitting down and reading all of your writing tutorial, they are extremely helpful! They cover many of the topics that I've been struggling with. Do you have any advice on choosing a tense to write in: past, present, or future tense? How to tell the difference between them, what are they used for, how to avoid switching between them mid-story, etc. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this. :)
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you :) Generally the standard tense is past tense. Some people can pull of present tense, but it's harder to do successfully because past tense is the natural tense for storytelling (stories are usually told after-the-fact), and a lot of readers find present tense to be distracting. Present tense works best in children's stories and first person narrative if you have to use it, but a warning: it does come across as more juvenile than past tense. Most people are familiar with present tense from choose-your-own-adventure books or RP sessions. Unless you've got a few novels under your belt and you have some leeway to be quirky, I'd stick to past tense.

Past tense: I ran. He ran.
Present tense: I run. He runs.
Future tense (never to be used): I will run. He will run.

keeping tense is usually pretty easy, most people don't confuse them, but if you do, a good editor will be able to pick it out immediately-don't worry too much over it. Most importantly: try not to switch them in your story. You shouldn't do one chapter in past tense, then a chapter in present tense. Try to keep consistent. :)
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BlackThornRose Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ahh I see, that certainty makes sense not that you explained it that way. I've just been having trouble deciding one which POV and tense to use to tell my story since there's multiple characters involved. It does feel natural to write in past tense, but I've been told that I occasionally switch between that and present. Just sentences here and there. I hope to keep this in mind the next time I start writing. Thank you very much for taking the time to explain this to me :hug:
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you are so very welcome :)
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myshonok77 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
really lovely gallery - and all those brilliant tutorials! maybe they'll help me to bring something decent to paper one day ;)
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
aww thank you!
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myshonok77 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
you're welcome :)
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Ween-E Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your tutorials!:thanks: It basically covers everything a beginner artist needs to know :heart: They are very helpful and informative! :) :heart:
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
XD you are so very welcome! Thank you :)
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Madam-Hell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your gallery is amazing! I'm a new artist (well... I use 'artist' loosely. At the moment I'm only doing little doodles on scrap pieces of paper) but I might be getting a tablet for my birthday! I hope that one day I can draw as well as you! you are my inspiration and I love all your tutorials. I love how they all have little pictures on there! You make it really easy to understand and not a lot of people can do that for me! How long have you been drawing for?
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