have read have been written as such. Nearly every book I read as a child is in the past tense and when I felt like writing a story myself then, it just seemed natural to write in the past tense. Writing in past tense just seems to come naturally to me and likely to many writers.
Since I'm writing a memoir, it only seemed natural to write in past tense since much of which is being written about was in fact in the past 🙂 One has to be careful though when including information something that is or might still be true today--that portion must be written in the present. From my story:
This was my earliest memory of learning generic and trade names of medications that contain the letters X, Y or Z somewhere in their name. Generic names with more syllables in their names than their trade name counterparts have in theirs. ...All the facts mentioned are still true. When editing this part for who knows how many times, I noticed that I had written "contained" instead of "contain." Things like this need to be watched out for.
I still have not been compelled to write in the present tense, as writing in the still past seems to come naturally. Things get to be habits, and this has become one for me.
When I began writing a diary novel, I wasn't sure whether to write past or present, though writing in past just happened out of habit. It's still in the preliminary stages, so deciding whether to use present or past tense is still in the air.
Perhaps attempting to write in present tense at last once will be one way to get me out of my writing comfort zone. Everyone will always feel compelled to write in the tense that they prefer or that they do out of habit. It's all a matter of preference.