I am just beginning to get serious about the way I write, furthermore I’m a very cautious writer so I would just like to know if these simple paragraphs are correct. I am trying to clarify both my use of the word “have”, in the first paragraph, and whether or not it is correct for present tense writing, and my use of the phrase “I think”, and whether or not it at least needs to be, “I think to myself”, to be grammatically correct. I am teaching myself to write so these are very simple examples in which the complete context of what could be more detailed writing, is not provided.
Today is my birthday. I am having a party in which many games will occur. My friends, Connor and Jason have come over. We are playing tag. I see a sign ahead. Connor shouts at me to stop running. He is so stupid. I think.
Question: is “have” correct in this situation regarding it being expressed in present tense? Extra question: in the first question, could I have put “have” in italics instead of quotations?
My second example:
Today is my birthday. I am having a party in which many games will occur. My friend Connor has come over. We are playing tag. I see a sign ahead. Connor shouts at me to stop running. He is so stupid. I think.
Would I need to say, “I think to myself”?
(These examples are very simple because I am just now beginning to be very conscious of the ways in which I write, and just trying to quickly and straightforwardly get the gist of what I would like to know.)
Also regarding the previous parentheses, would I need to write “and I am”?