When writing, the past and present tense are most common. Future tense can be confusing. There are also different narrators that you can use, and there is no right or wrong answer here. It really depends on your book. Here are different types:
A first person narrator
He/she tells the story from their perspective, using the pronoun “I”. They are a part of the story and also the protagonists of the story. They are “inside”. This is suitable for autobiographies.
Ex. I was excited to be there.
A second person narrator
He/she uses the pronoun “You”. This pronoun refers to the reader and it can be a little bit confusing for your readers.
Ex. You are excited to be here.
A third person narrator
He/she uses the pronoun “He” , “She” , “It”, “They” . This is someone who just tells the story as it is. They are not the characters, they are “outside”. Used for biographies.
Ex. He/She/It is excited to be here. They are excited to be here.
An objective narrator
He/she describes or interprets thoughts, feelings, and motives in the story. But he is not all knowing, just an observer.
Ex. “He seemed excited to be here.”
An omniscient narrator
Similar to the previous one, but this one is the all-knowing narrator. This is not his/hers interpretation, it’s the fact. This narrator is objective and sometimes this narrator will tell you something that even characters in the book do not know yet. Usually written in the third person, in past tense but sometimes present. Future tense here is possible, but rare and could be confusing to the reader if used throughout the whole book.
Ex. He was/is/will be excited to be here.
There are a lot of variations. You can use different tenses (the past, present, future), your narrator can be all-knowing (omniscient), or have limited point of view. And last but not least, you can use first/second/third person narrator. Think about it carefully, test it out. See what works best for your book and just go with it.
A limited narrator
He/she has a restricted view of events and doesn’t “know” the whole story. This narrator is suitable for mysteries just to spice it up.
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