I don't really think I'm looking for the negative advice, because I already know what most of you will say. I just needed to vent about it, get my feelings down.
Why, as writers, do we need to stray from a certain POV and tense just because someone else says it's not acceptable? Isn't the whole point of writing to be creative? Why is there the need to put limits on narrative and tense? Why is there such a focus on it anyway? Personally, when I am reading a good book, I forget all about the tense after the first page. If i'm truly immersed in a story, it makes no difference to me. Anyway, I guess I'm just trying to talk myself through this and stay motivated, because rewriting 70k words in a different POV feels daunting.
Sorry if this post is a little unorganized and out there. I'm in rant mode.