I finally started a short story today, one that I like. When I started writing this, the preference of present tense came to mind because the action currently happening would seem much more interesting than past tense. A problem arose when the writing tenses became inconsistent. My guess as to why is that I have read countless stories that use past tense. For example: Lightning flashed across the sky, creating an intricate web that sizzled in the cloudy darkness like cracks on a black-painted glass-pane window. Take that sentence and use present tense: Lightning flashes across the sky, creating an intricate web that sizzles like an omelet on a skillet, almost as if the black-painted glass-pane window is cracking. This is only an example not from my story; one can read that the present tense carries much more weight to it than the past. The action is currently happening as the reader is reading. After some research on the subject, I found that using present tense in writing - especially fiction writing - is frowned upon. What? I thought using present tense, as that is my preference, would be a wonderful way to breathe rather than talk about it as if the action was a thing of distant past. What are your opinions on this? Is using present tense, despite being considered as taboo, better than using past tense?