I was wondering what tense I should use for writing a story. What I use is a Present and past tense mixture. But I am not sure whether they are right or wrong. If I write something general, I use present tense.
The temple is situated on the river bank.
But if I describe some action, or a situation when the action occurs, I use past tense.
The temple is situated on the river bank. In the evening many people gather in the temple.The river runs dry most of the year. By the time I reached the river bank the sun had already set. I came far, and the journey was very troublesome. There are cut marks all over my face, and hands.
(Note that this is NOT a proofreading request.)
I am not sure how to determine the tense. Is there a general rule to follow in situations like this? I would prefer an answer that's applicable beyond just this specific short paragraph.