More than a thing that describes the present, writing about the current moment is a longing for what the present could be if only our writing had its way.
It’s a yearning for an alternate possibility that the present may be a complete opposite of or an aborted, unfinished version of our desires.
We write about our present as if it’s truth in its realized form.
The present written down is, for all intents and purposes, in future tense. Or that painful nostalgia we feel for the past that has long deserted us.