Just started a new job chairing the 17-member English department at Northfield Mount Hermon School in western Mass., and the week got away from me. Here's a 7 A.M. photo of the river valley.
I don't have much to say, but I'll share what I'm thinking about this week: present tense vs. past. I'm 125 pages into my May 2015 novel, and I have two versions of the opening scene. I'm toying with the idea of making the opening page-and-a-half scene present tense. A drop-the-reader-onto-the-treadmill approach. There's a lot to consider: will the transition to past tense in the next scene be too jarring? It's not a prologue and can't be, given the narrative structure. And there's a lot of backstory that must be moved, which is probably a good thing.
Anyway, as you can see, I'm drafting, stressing, and am consumed by this. I'll share the opening three paragraphs of each with you here. Any thoughts?