I started writing what I intend to finish as a novel two years ago, when I first started it was just a short story because I was bored, so the style wasn't very important and because I write to escape my world, I simply wrote what I felt. I've looked through my story many many times since I decided to turn it into a novel and I've developed it immensely. However I've been having difficulty with the tense of it. The general perspective is that it's from the POV of the protagonist, it starts off with a prologue, which is obviously him explaining what had happened prior to the beginning of the novel. The whole novel is a story being told by the protagonist. It is a story within a story, so obviously the prologue is actually in present time, along with the epilogue (which is/will be him ending the story he's telling as well as the resolution of the story), and the rest of the novel is in the past. So my confusion is this: I personally feel that if he's telling a story but the story is actually what the novel is based on, then that aspect of it should be in present tense. Does that mean that my prologue and epilogue should be in present tense as well? Or should the prologue be in past tense, because it is a prologue and that's what it is designed for? In the structure of a very generalised narrative my novel goes as follows: Introduction - Prologue and beginning chapters Complication - Most of the main chapters Resolution - Epilogue I think that the whole story, prologue and epilogue included, should be in present tense. What are your opinions on this? Also, in regards to the epilogue, in my very basic draft of the novel the end of the novel had a couple of chapters that were included in the main body but were part of the resolution as well as an epilogue explaining what happened after the inevitable happily ever after. I would much prefer to have the whole resolution in the epilogue for various reasons including the type of novel it is and the structure that I have used being an unusual and unique structure. Is there any way to make this happen? Is it acceptable to have an epilogue that is a few chapters long, and if so how do I structure this? Do I start an epilogue chapter sequence (Eg. 'Epilogue Chapter 1'), do I continue with the chapters from the main body but with the epilogue title also (Eg. 'Chapter 39 - Epilogue'), do I just have an incredibly long epilogue, or is there something else I could do?