There may be something to that “past tense” thing, but I’m not sure what it is. I was in a meeting with friends the other day and they said something along the lines of, “I really hate writing these things,” because the next time I sit down to write I’m going to miss the sentence.
Or maybe I just have bad writerly skills.
This may be a case of writerly skills or bad writerly skills. I was in another meeting, this time with a group of people who work at the same company and they didn’t seem to know what the hell to do about a sentence.
It’s an interesting case though. For my part, I am generally a bad writer and I do think I have bad writerly skills. I tend to write things in the exact same way over and over again, which can sometimes get me into trouble. But I have to admit that there are times when it is just unavoidable. For example, the sentence above is something I absolutely hate to write, but I have to try and write it here.
That’s because you can’t use a past tense in the sense of “I was a bad writer.” As I said, you can use it as a general statement, but the writer must use the past tense. The sentence in the first example above is not in the past tense, and since that’s the case for the writer, he needs to make a mental note of it and then use the past tense.
That is the case in all instances of the past tense in the above examples. The writer might have been in the future when he wrote the words, or he might be in the past, but he still needs to use the past tense.
I used the past tense because I was writing a past-tense essay.
I could use the future tense, but I don’t think I would use it since I’m in the past.
He’s right that we need to use the past tense, but as much as I want to use the past tense, I don’t think we can do that without some sort of meta-meaning. I have to think about this in terms of our current reality, and I have a few things to say on this.