that's why i just let it all out. why we treat new writers/young writers around here like they're made of glass -- it's not doing them any good. we need to treat them like they are real people and the real world isn't always kind. sheesh, if they can make it here with the attitude that seems to come around from time to time, they'll not only develop their writing skill but maybe a thicker skin as well.
We get this question a lot in this forum. The answers are going to vary with each writer, naturally. I think it is only fair to ask the following:
why does it matter what we prefer? will our answers make any difference in what you do as a writer? does this seem like an intelligent or unique question to ask a group of writers? are you going to make changes to your writing habits based on our answers? don't you think asking a question based on simple curiosity is a form of procrastination? why are you doing this instead of writing?
you are not obligated to answer these questions here and it's probably best you don't because this is rhetoric at its most basic. keep in mind that we like our imaginations and intellects stretched and challenged in this forum. we tend to frown upon these incredibly basic questions where our opinions don't really matter. you might as well ask if we prefer to write on paper or on a computer. it doesn't matter. we do what we do, we like what we like. i would recommend you lurk more and see the kinds of people who are here and the kind of responses that are generally given on a daily basis. your thread is sitting among other deeper-seeking questions in comparison. get familiar with where you are. it will benefit you a lot more than what you seem to be doing right now, which according to your page, is a whole lot of nothing, which makes your presence here all the more unusual. it's not that you're not welcome, but you are among a pretty tight group of individuals who are, for the most part, very strong-willed with a high level of BS intolerance. just so you know, and knowledge is power.
I've been told that present tense works better in short stories because it keeps the immediacy and suspense, but in novels it gets too much for the reader and may be tiring. I've been told that past tense is use far too often and is not very unique. If I ever get published, it does matter what the readers prefer, what they like and dislike; hence the sales.
I reckon it would read like an infomercial. "Your family and friends will be amazed at your sudden transformation! You'll be able to buy that slinky dress you've had your eye on! You'll be gliding away those extra kilos while watching TV!!!"
"Your family and friends will be AMAZED as you sashay into the room like the femme fatale you really are! "Who is that saucy minx?" they will gasp. You will smile as you wrap your arms around your dreamboat billionaire's neck. Thank goodness you learned how to unleash your inner goddess."