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Posted on September 12, 2011

First person present tense is as immediate as it gets. The reader is being talked to directly; there is someone with them in the room and that person is forming with the reader an immediate bond. They may be shouting, whispering or talking normally; they may be angry, happy, sad or mad and, if the writer is skilled, the reader will be right there, right in the midst of the plot.

It is a way of writing, of course, that is most often used for describing dreams or for trying to conjure a dreamlike state (see my novel DECOHERENCE .

Tags: decoherence, dreamlike, First person present