I have been writing my current WIP for some time (about 35k words in or so), and I keep second guessing my decision to write in the past tense. It feels so removed at times, as if as a reader I am just watching from afar through a pair of binoculars. What do you feel about narrating in the past versus in the present? At first the past felt much more natural to me, now I look at my story and feel like the present tense builds better suspense, better release, and (as a result) better emotional connection than past tense ever could. Help a fellow writer through his rewrite crisis?