Why did I write the same thing in 2 different tenses? Well, I am testing a theory I have that first person present adds a feeling of urgency to a story. Since this novel would be a thriller, I want as much urgency as I can get.
To really complete the experiment fully, I should probably rewrite the chapter twice more, once as third person present and once as first person past, just to see which combination has the most tension and pace. Also, it would help me narrow down whether it is the first person aspect or the present tense which is creating the sense of urgency.
I'll let you know how the experiment goes.
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