From what I've gathered, it is best to stick to the passive tense. For the novel I am currently working on, a large portion of the story takes place in the psyche of the main character. Along with this, the style I've used where he is the focus of the chapters is one that I find very fitting. It is mainly composed of the active or present tense, formed from short, bursting sentences. The character, partly based on aspects of my own life, is represented through his thoughts in these chapters. The style is more descriptive of thought, and seems very fitting. My own worry is audience: are you personally turned off by even a small amount of present tense usage? Do you consider it appropriate in some cases. People say to write what you feel, and write how you want, but as someone looking to make it successfully as a writer (not necessarily financially, but critically or at least reach a large audience), I want to do my best to fit the expectations. Opinions?