I’m not going to get into a discussion about tenses. I’m only going to make a statement in support of writing in whatever POV and in whatever tense you want.
Writing is art. And like any art, unless someone has hired you for a specific project, you are free to do whatever you please.
I don’t remember where I read this, but I think it was Stephen King who said that he wasn’t being paid to write, he was being paid to publish what he wrote. I’m a firm believer that there is a market for nearly everything. Maybe not a commercial market, but there are people out there who will buy the most outlandish stories you can think up, if they are available for them to buy.
I’ve seen people on both sides of the present tense debate. To be honest, I don’t think readers care. They just want a good story, however it’s told, and most of them don’t even notice and wouldn’t unless you asked them. I’m like this, too. I recently pulled a few books off my bookshelf and flipped through them to see what tense they were in because I couldn’t remember.
That’s how unimportant it is. You can’t put restrictions on what people are allowed to write and the way they are allowed to write it. There are books without chapters, books with titled chapters in all genres, books with pictures, books without page numbers, etc, etc, etc.
Are there people who will refuse to read anything that isn’t in 3rd person past? Yes. And you know what, who cares? It’s YOUR story. Tell it however you want, in as many POVs as you want, and in as many different tenses as you want.
There is not a single “rule” that can’t be broken in the right hands. There is no right, absolute way to write a story. There is only the story. It’s our job to tell it the best way that we can, using whatever tools we need. It’s art. There are no restrictions on art. Obviously if it’s unreadable, you’ll hear about it. But it’s still your right as an artist.
I can’t say I would be crazy about reading a story in second person, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. I’m just one person. Really though, I would at least read a couple of pages to see if I could stand it. It might be amazing! Or not.
I think it was about a year ago, I talked about the different tenses and how they would sound in a story, and I played around with future tense! It was crazy! Again, i can’t say I would be crazy about reading a novel in that tense, but it’s sounds so wild I would have to take a look. I bet it would be a right hot mess if I tried to do it, but in the right hands…world rocked. 🙂