The first time I attempted my novel, it was in the third person POV and the main protagonist –the guy who narrates it in its current form –wasn’t even a major character.
Once I realized I wanted him telling the story and going on the adventure (and for some reason, I realized these things in that order), I wrote several chapters in first person past tense.
Most recently, I decided I wanted to write it in the first person present tense.
Now, I’m back to being unsure. First person past tense is more common and arguably easier to read for many people. I disagree with “many people;” I find I tend to read through present tense novels fanatically.
So, I’m not sure if I want to go ahead and change back to the past tense, or if I should keep at the present tense version.
Which tense do you prefer for a gritty post-apoc action novel?
And for anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about:
Past tense: I punched him in the face.
Present tense: I punch him in the face.