I guess most of the time stories should be written using the past tense, but right now I'm working on a fanfic project that's based on a dating sim visual novel. I noticed that in dating sim visual novels, the narrator (or player avatar)'s inner monologue takes up a big chunk of the story. This "talking to oneself in the head" is usually done in the present tense. So when I tried writing the story using the past tense, I had a lot of tense flip flopping, resulting in a big mess. So I decided to write the whole story using the present tense. Is this ok? So 'I said' becomes 'I say'. 'I realized' becomes 'I realize'. I think it works most of the time, but there are some problems with certain sentences so I would like some advice. Are the sentences below grammatically correct? Do they work? 1. "I was about to..." -> "I am about to..." : e.g. I am about to open that door. 2. "It was then that I realized that..." -> "It was then that I realize that..." : e.g. It was then that I realize that "he" is actually a girl. 3. "After that, he asked me..." -> "After that, he asks me...": e.g. After that, he asks me whether it was fun.