I've read some negatives about writing in present tense - many saying it's clichéd and a sign of a novice writer, but I'm not sure this applies entirely to my ideas and would appreciate some feedback. While the project I've just started is written in present tense, I think it's clear from the style of narration that the author is talking about something that happened in the past. I'm aiming to give the author / narrator a story-telling style which feels fresher and more immediate than the standard past tense narrative style. For example - traditional past tense: I poured my third scotch of the night and was beginning to feel a little tipsy. Present tense: So, I pour my third scotch of the night and by now, as you'd expect, I'm starting to feel a little tipsy. The second example, I hope, is a more captivating and animated story-teller - he draws you in and demands you listen, and while he tells the story in present tense, he's still talking about something that happened in the past. Do the pitfalls and clichés of writing in present tense still apply here, or is it acceptable because it's being used as a style rather than a tool?