Hello everyone. I haven't officially introduced myself to the forum, but I am new, and hope to be a part of the community. I'm also in the process of writing a novel. Many of the characters/scenes I've had in my head for months or even years. Now, I've come to a point where I have to rewrite most of what I've done because I've been flip-flopping between scenes and changing ideas too much. But, I'm determined to change my ways for this! A few years ago, I wrote a short story in 1st person, which is now tied into my novel. I'd been writing the novel in third until recently. Thinking over tense and POV, I have a few options. There's 3rd person past, of course. Or 1st person. Past and present have the potential to work, but I feel I would have to switch between characters at least a few times throughout, and the story could lose something because of that. My question is, would - dare I say it - 1st person present tense have the potential to start and end a novel written in primarily 3rd person past? There would be a gap of a few years between the beginning and middle sections, with time flowing fairly consistently after that. The viewpoint character, beginning and end, would be an antagonist who is spoken of but rarely ever seen throughout the midsection of the story. Thank you for all input, and let me know if I need to provide additional story information!