Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tense Writing

We are creatures of habit.

This comes as no surprise. We like what we like, and we're not always willing to be flexible or try something different (eating something green won't kill you Mark!). Sometimes it is subtle.

I started reading a book for an upcoming blog tour, Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel. I was drawn in by the archeological mystery a la Indiana Jones, but there was something disconcerting, but I couldn't put my finger on it initially.

I read further. The bumpy bus ride jars my hand, but the shaking book isn't confusing me. There is something in the way the book is written. My seat partner snorts and turns the other way, allowing me to dive back into the intriguing story.

I've just left a clue on what was different about this book. I was going to write a post just explaining it, but I think it will be interesting to see if someone can figure out the difference by what I just wrote. Check back tomorrow for the answer...



  1. Perhaps that he leaves the reader hanging a lot? I try to do that in my own writing, and I hope it's not tiring to a reader.

    I haven't read this particular book, but you've got me intrigued.

  2. Is it written in present tense?

    And if it ain't broke...