Hi all. I'm writing a fictional story at the moment in which the lead protagonist and perspective from which the book is written is an introverted thinker. Although I started to write the story at first in the standard past tense which most believe is the only way you should write fiction. I couldn't help but keep shifting to present tense in order to allow my character to be dynamic in the story. So I changed to present tense, and found it is much easier to write the story. Still, because you can't completely avoid past tense alltogether, unless you write a screenplay or something, I've been using literal thoughts as a way to describe past events that are important to the protagonist. Anyhow, I have two questions. 1. What is the general consensus on present/past tense for fiction from the more experienced writer's on this forum? Should I keep writing present tense, or really consider finding a way of making it work in past tense? 2. Can you recommend any stories/books that have a dominantly introverted and thinking protagonist which I could read for some reference? Most books I have read tend to have the most extraverted and colorful protagonists you can think of, but that's an entirely different dynamic style of writing.