I start every draft of a new story -- short, novel, whatever -- in present tense.
I have never published anything written in present tense.
There's something aesthetically appealing about the idea of present tense writing to me, something that's hard for me to put my finger on. But in practice, I end up killing it and going through the arduous process of past-tensing the entire story.
In my latest work-in-progress, that was 30,000+ words' worth of rewrites.
Clearly, I don't have a problem with present tense writing as a concept, or I wouldn't keep trying. I've read plenty of books that do it, and I've been pulled in by those stories. It's just, when I do it, I feel like I'm out in public wearing a shirt that's way too tight with pants that flood up to the middle of my calves. It don't fit, is what I'm saying.
So, it seems to be a lack of confidence that keeps me in past tense. Is that weird? Writer people, let me know, on a scale of 1 to 5, how weird that makes me.