Past tense (from The Savage Grace):
"I winced. The heat radiating off of Gabriel's hands was almost too much to bear. I gritted my teeth, trying to hold on."Present tense (from Grave Mercy):
"The room is poorly lit, which suits my purposes well. Keeping close to the shadows near the wall as I have been taught, I make my way to the stairs that lead to the second floor."I'm just curious because I know that when I write I have this habit of switching back and forth between the two. And so I wanted to know which people prefer. Do you notice when it's different? Does one seem stronger/weaker to you? If you're a writer, which one do you usually write?
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