My friend is reading my current novel and giving me feedback on it. One thing she said was that I switched to a different tense in a character thought. The novel is written in past tense, but the character thought is in present, in this case. Just like if she would have said it out loud. Something like this: This guy doesn't....., she thought. He is just like..... (sorry, I didn't want to use the exact sentence and my imagination is low at this time of the day) (It's NOT written in italics, by the way, It was just to separate the example from my question.) Is this wrong? We seem to disagree on this, because I thought it was ok. It feels like if I would change the thoughts to past it would also change the meaning, like it's something that he Used to be, but isn't anymore. What is right and what is wrong here?