At my writer's group last night, one member made an interesting point. My WIP is currently being told from 1st person past tense and she wondered why I didn't do it in present.
I didn't have a good answer.
I had my gut telling me that I wasn't sure it would work and my CP's mentioning how it could be cool. One questioned if that was a kind of writing better suited for a younger audience, like YA or MG and I write Women's Lit, so can those ideas be combined and play nice?
Because of the nature of the story, it has to stay in 1st person, to try and do otherwise would triple my Diet Coke consumption and make future readers crazy. But when is it acceptable or even better to write in present tense?
Curious minds want to know what you think - 1st past the only acceptable 1st or can 1st present come out to play sometimes?