I have noticed that a lot of users here are strongly opposed to writing in the present tense. Personally, I don't quite understand what the big deal is. This really became crystal clear to me, when I realised the other day that a book I was already halfway through was written mostly in the present tense (with occasional past tense digressions). By the way, the book is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I hadn't even noticed that it was written in present tense... Anyway, I'm curious if a lot of people's problems with present tense writing actually stem from just not being used to it. Obviously the majority of writing is in past tense, but why does it need to be that way? As for me, I like the immediacy of present tense. And if the narrator is telling a story in the past tense, how can he die sensibly at the end? Anyway, let me know what you think, from both sides, if you're interested.