Originally Posted by Acktion
This is how it was explained to me. I'm not smart enough to come up with something this cerebral on my own.
If it's present tense, there can be no reflection. Not even thought. Nothing that can not be experienced directly through one of the five senses.
If there is any thought, any searching of feelings, just one iota of reflection then it properly falls to the past tense since it can only be thought, felt, or reflected on after it has occurred.
I'd be happy to cite, but I honestly can't remember just where I heard/read it.
This really doesn't make sense to me. A present-tense story can still describe sequential events: I write what happens to me at 12:00 pm, and then I write how I react to it at 12:01. For another, a person can think about things that are ongoing.
Come to think of it, "this really doesn't make sense to me" is a present-tense reflection. As is "come to think of it"...
I mostly write in past tense, but I'll use present when the story calls for it. My best-rated story on Lit has a long present-tense section.