How to Correctly Use the Present and Past Tense to Strengthen Your Writing

It’s Just 5 Simple Rules

Jason Gutierrez
2 min readMar 14, 2023

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Source: My own beautiful drawing

Confession time -I’ve always struggled with knowing what tense to use in my writing.

Most of the problem stems from unlearning all the stupid “rules” I was taught in school. Rules that “all great writers must follow” (even though they don’t).

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Jason Gutierrez

Engineer. Papa. Each week, I share short essays and stories on careers, life, and the creative process 🖊: https://parttimewriting.beehiiv.com/subscribe